contortionist

noun
con·tor·tion·ist | \ kən-ˈtȯr-sh(ə-)nist \

Definition of contortionist 

: one who contorts specifically : an acrobat able to twist the body into unusual postures

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contortionistic \kən-ˌtȯr-shə-ˈni-stik \ adjective

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Most are in an inconvenient location with a black faceplate that is near impossible to find without being a contortionist in a cramped seat. latimes.com, "Letters: Here's an easy way to make a San Diego bike trip even easier," 1 July 2018 The event draws more than 150 different breweries together, alongside entertainers including contortionists, sword swallowers, jugglers, stilt walkers, and more, all entertaining on one main stage. Grace Dickinson, Philly.com, "Justin Timberlake, Philadelphia Burger Brawl, 11th Wanamaker Court Organ Day, and other events happening in Philadelphia, June 1-7," 31 May 2018 Thus sets in motion a series of dance performances from ballet to contortionist backed by different pieces of music including opera and spoken word. Trevor Fraser, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Review: Luna - Fringe 2018," 14 May 2018 See Caribbean dancers, contortionists, acrobats, a hire-wire act, teeterboard, a giant wheel, Russian bar, elephants, motorcycles, and a mixed animal act featuring zebras and camels under the big top at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Egg hunts bring sweet fun to South Florida families this weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 See Caribbean dancers, contortionists, acrobats, a hire-wire act, teeterboard, a giant wheel, Russian bar, elephants, motorcycles, and a mixed animal act featuring zebras and camels under the big top at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Egg hunts bring sweet fun to South Florida families this weekend," 22 Mar. 2018 The Plaza Bar at the posh resort transforms into a creepy carnival, with funhouse mirrors, carnival barkers, fire breathers and contortionists. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "18 adults-only Halloween parties across Phoenix that will tingle your spine," 25 Oct. 2017 Among the clowns and contortionists will be Nik Wallenda and the Fabulous Wallendas, whose famous seven-person pyramid on the high wire has been a show-stopper on the Big Apple tour. Robert Steiner, BostonGlobe.com, "Nik Wallenda walks the line with Big Apple Circus," 3 Apr. 2018 See Caribbean dancers, contortionists, acrobats, a hire-wire act, teeterboard, a giant wheel, Russian bar, elephants, motorcycles, and a mixed animal act featuring zebras and camels under the big top at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway. Jennifer Jhon, South Florida Parenting, "Egg hunts bring sweet fun to South Florida families this weekend," 22 Mar. 2018

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1844, in the meaning defined above

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contortionist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contortionist

: a performer who twists his or her body into unusual positions

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