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
torsionalplay \ˈtȯr-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Recent Examples of torsion from the Web
While many compact cars have gone to a multilink rear-suspension setup, the Cruze still utilizes a torsion beam.
Freud’s original theory, after all, rested on an account of great psychical torsions set in motion by the libido.
Your legs are strapped in to a series of torsion and leg-supporting struts (made from carbon fiber), placing the feet below the wheel axles for stability.
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Origin and Etymology of torsion
Late Latin torsion-, torsio torment, alteration of Latin tortio, from torquēre to twist
First Known Use: 1543See Words from the same year
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Definition of torsion for English Language Learners
: the twisting of something (such as a piece of metal)
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
torsional\ˈtȯr-shnəl, -shən-əl\play adjective
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