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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Contortion  \Con*tor"tion\,  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  contortion 
  n  1:  the  act  of  twisting  or  deforming  the  shape  of  something 
  (e.g.,  oneself)  [syn:  {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},  {crookedness}] 




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