torsion

noun
tor·sion | \ˈtȯr-shən \

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, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective
torsionally adverb

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In some, a single landscape stretched over both panels, and had the swells and torsions of a nude body. New York Times, "Growing, Faltering, Changing, Growing: Lessons From Kay WalkingStick," 7 June 2018 The rear suspension loses some dynamism with a torsion beam setup replacing the multilink system to save weight, space and cost, and there will always be a whole lot of understeer in tight corners from a front-wheel-drive car. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta is betta’, inside and out," 22 May 2018 Inside the vacuum, the researchers use a torsion balance attached to a calibrated spring to measure thrust. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "NASA’s EM-drive is a magnetic WTF-thruster," 21 May 2018 The manual hatch comes standard with Chevrolet’s Cruze RS package which adds rear spoiler, body kit, RS lettering, fog lamps, a Watts link to help the rear torsion-beam axle and low-profile P225/40R18 all-season tires on aluminum wheels. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018 Handling in urban conditions seems identically competent in both the front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions, although the AWD models feature different rear suspension (independent, dual-arm multi-link versus a rigid torsion beam). John Scott Lewinski, Ars Technica, "The Hyundai Kona: A well-equipped crossover starting at just $19,500," 30 Apr. 2018 And the torsion-beam rear suspension is hard riding. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Hyundai Kona: A big deal in a small space," 20 Apr. 2018 The heart of the clock is a titanium torsion pendulum that beats once every 10 seconds. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "Jeff Bezos Has Spent $42 Million Building a Clock to Run 10,000 Years," 2 Mar. 2018 The shoe also has full-length BOOST with midfoot grooves with a stability plate for even more torsion control. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Adidas is launching the Harden Vol. 2 in three colorways," 8 Feb. 2018

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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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torsion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of torsion

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

torsion

noun
tor·sion | \ˈtȯr-shən \

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 \ adjective

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