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torsion

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noun tor·sion \ˈtȯr-shən\

Simple Definition of torsion

  • : the twisting of something (such as a piece of metal)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of torsion

  1. 1 :  the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of forces tending to turn one end or part about a longitudinal axis while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction; also :  the state of being twisted

  2. 2 :  the twisting of a bodily organ or part on its own axis

  3. 3 :  the reactive torque that an elastic solid exerts by reason of being under torsion

torsional play \ˈtȯr-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
torsionally adverb

Origin of torsion

Late Latin torsion-, torsio torment, alteration of Latin tortio, from torquēre to twist


First Known Use: 1543

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torsion

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noun tor·sion \ˈtȯr-shən\

Medical Definition of torsion

  1. 1:  the twisting of a bodily organ or part on its own axis <intestinal torsion>

  2. 2:  the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of forces tending to turn one end or part about a longitudinal axis while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction; also :  the state of being twisted

torsional \ˈtȯr-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective



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