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 Dictionary entry overview: What does contortion mean? 

  The noun CONTORTION has 2 senses:

1. the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
2. a tortuous and twisted shape or position

  Familiarity information: CONTORTION used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1contortion [BACK TO TOP]


The act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


contortion; deformation

Hypernyms ("contortion" is a kind of...):

change of shape (an action that changes the shape of something)

Sense 2contortion [BACK TO TOP]


A tortuous and twisted shape or position

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes


crookedness; torsion; tortuosity; tortuousness; contortion

Context examples:

they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs / the acrobat performed incredible contortions

Hypernyms ("contortion" is a kind of...):

distorted shape; distortion (a shape resulting from distortion)

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