contortion

Part of speech: noun

The act of contorting; writhing, as of the limbs.

Part of speech: adjective

Contortive.

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Usage examples "contortion":

  1. By dint of facial contortion Kiska puzzled out the meaning, and handed the message to Shelby, who gave it grave perusal. - "The Henchman", Mark Lee Luther.
  2. Unconsciously when he saw her, he transferred the shame that devoured him, from him to her, and gazed coldly at the face that could twist to that despicable contortion. - "The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith", George Meredith.
  3. The body must constantly preserve its proper position, without the least contortion, well adjusted to the steps; while the motion of the arms, must be agreeable to that of the legs, and the head to be in concert with the whole. - "A Treatise on the Art of Dancing", Giovanni-Andrea Gallini.