torsion

noun
tor·​sion | \ ˈtȯr-shən How to pronounce torsion (audio) \

Definition of torsion

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 : the twisting of a bodily organ or part on its own axis
3 : the reactive torque that an elastic solid exerts by reason of being under torsion

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Other Words from torsion

torsional \ ˈtȯr-​shnəl How to pronounce torsion (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
torsionally adverb

Examples of torsion in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Front-drive Taoses have a torsion beam rear suspension and conventional eight-speed automatic. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 5 June 2021 Front-drive Taoses have a torsion beam rear suspension and conventional eight-speed automatic. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2021 Both models ride on Volkswagen’s MQB platform and feature a strut front suspension and multilink rear suspension, though the base, front-wheel drive Taos uses a lower-cost torsion beam rear suspension. Karl Brauer, Forbes, 26 May 2021 While many builds trade out the original torsion-bar suspension for modern coil-overs, this car uses a traditional setup with custom Sway-Away components. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 The technical sophistication is limited—the Puma shares the Fiesta's low-tech torsion-beam rear axle—but the ST is a hoot to drive. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 12 May 2021 But even this clever torsion pendulum design did not totally isolate the test mass from the busy urban environment of daytime Vienna. Ben Brubaker, Scientific American, 10 Mar. 2021 These special starting values that create loops are called torsion points. Quanta Magazine, 22 Feb. 2021 However, there's a way to figure it out—using a torsion balance. Rhett Allain, Wired, 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of torsion

1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for torsion

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

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The first known use of torsion was in 1543

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16 Jun 2021

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“Torsion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torsion. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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torsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of torsion

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

torsion

noun
tor·​sion | \ ˈtȯr-shən How to pronounce torsion (audio) \

Medical Definition of torsion

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

Other Words from torsion

torsional \ ˈtȯr-​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce torsion (audio) \ adjective

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