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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Contortion \Con*tor"tion\ (k[o^]n*t[^o]"sh[u^]n), noun [L. contortio: cf. F. contorsion. See {Contort}, and cf. {Torsion}.] A twisting; a writhing; wry motion; a twist; as, the contortion of the muscles of the face. --Swift.

All the contortions of the sibyl, without the inspiration. --Burke.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

contortion

noun

1: the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself) [syn: {contortion}, {deformation}]

2: a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions" [syn: {tortuosity}, {tortuousness}, {torsion}, {contortion}, {crookedness}]


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