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Meaning of TORSION

Pronunciation:  'torshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a twisting force
  2. [n]  a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions"

TORSION is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: contortion, crookedness, torque, tortuosity, tortuousness
 See Also: distorted shape, distortion, force, magnetic moment, moment of a magnet



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tor"sion\, n. [F., fr. LL. torsio, fr. L. torquere,
tortum, to twist. See {Torture}.]
1. The act of turning or twisting, or the state of being
   twisted; the twisting or wrenching of a body by the
   exertion of a lateral force tending to turn one end or
   part of it about a longitudinal axis, while the other is
   held fast or turned in the opposite direction.

2. (Mech.) That force with which a thread, wire, or rod of
   any material, returns, or tends to return, to a state of
   rest after it has been twisted; torsibility.

{Angle of torsion} (of a curve) (Geom.), the indefinitely
   small angle between two consecutive osculating planes of a
   curve of double curvature.

{Moment of torsion} (Mech.) the moment of a pair of equal and
   opposite couples which tend to twist a body.

{Torsion balance} (Physics.), an instrument for estimating
   very minute forces, as electric or magnetic attractions
   and repulsions, by the torsion of a very slender wire or
   fiber having at its lower extremity a horizontal bar or
   needle, upon which the forces act.

{Torsion scale}, a scale for weighing in which the fulcra of
   the levers or beams are strained wires or strips acting by

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: In biomedicine, this word means the twisting of body tissues.