• WordNet 3.6
    • n contortionist an acrobat able to twist into unusual positions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Contortionist kŏn*tô"shŭn*ĭst One who makes or practices contortions;
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n contortionist One who practises gymnastic feats requiring great suppleness of the joints and involving contorted or unnatural postures.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Contortionist a gymnast who practises contorted postures: one who twists words and phrases
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. con, inten., and torquēre, tortum, to twist.


In literature:

Vane doubled up like a contortionist, and shot up a lightning-swift drop that fooled Ash completely.
"The Redheaded Outfield and Other Baseball Stories" by Zane Grey
On the floor at Emma's feet there was knotted into a contortionistic attitude a small, wiry, impolite person named Smalley.
"Emma McChesney & Co." by Edna Ferber
Plate 6 represents two well-known contortionists in their favorite feats.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Not until I had gone through the acts of a contortionist, and shown the round coin sewed in, did I succeed in getting the Carter's help.
"The People of the Abyss" by Jack London
I have known some contortionists who have prospered beyond the thinker.
"The Life of the Fly" by J. Henri Fabre
Equestrians, contortionists, mimes, singers, were readily found in the city, where a brave or an honest man had become rare indeed.
"Veranilda" by George Gissing
People do not believe a word these contortionists of language and torturers of meaning write or say.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
Now Curlie, had he been properly exercised for it when he was a child, might have turned out a fair contortionist.
"Curlie Carson Listens In" by Roy J. Snell
If you compared yourself to a contortionist at a country fair I'm only taking my cue from you.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
His body proved as supple as a professional contortionist.
"The Adventures of Uncle Jeremiah and Family at the Great Fair" by Charles McCellan Stevens (AKA 'Quondam')

In news:

Honestly I'm new to The Contortionist but I am most certainly diggin' their new album Intrinsic (out now on eOne Entertainment) so I can see myself getting familiar with their earlier stuff through the modern marvel that is Spotify.
Chinese acrobats, tumblers and contortionists astonish more with their artistry than with their daring and strength.
The Contortionist Guitarist Robby Baca Discusses the Band's Upcoming Second Album.
Contortionist thief hid in suitcase, stole from luggage in bus cargo bay.
Considering the hundreds of cutting positions possible, there aren't too many places this new contortionist saw won't fit.
Mitt Romney is a philosophical contortionist.
Lithe spirit Contortionist is head over heels for 'The Descendants'.
Jeff Loomis joined me for a cold one and conversation back on July 28 when he came through Tomcats West in Fort Worth as a part of the Intrinsic 2012 North American Tour with The Contortionist, 7 Horns 7 Eyes and Chimp Spanner.
In a contortionistic feat, Andrew Sullivan manages, in one short post, to both slap Bill Clinton and pat himself (and the 'sphere) on the back.
Attention singers, dancers, comedians, magicians, contortionists, ventriloquists, male body builders and other performers interested in appearing in a pair of burlesque -style stage shows.
In some aircraft, you have to be a contortionist to see where the fuel-tank selector is pointing.
Contributed photo Born of Osiris plays House of Rock at 2 pm Saturday with Unearth , Obey the Brave, The Contortionist, Wolves at the Gate and Killamora.
The ancient Hindu Contortionist practice takes in a lot of territory these days.