- the twisting of a body by two equal and opposite torques.
- the internal torque so produced.
- the degree of departure of a curve from a plane.
- a number measuring this.
Origin of torsion
Related Words for torsioncurve, flourish, convolution, puzzle, twist, winding, perplexity, tangle, web, network, hodgepodge, muddle, mesh, imbroglio, knot, entanglement, morass, bewilderment, skein, uncertainty
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Historical Examples of torsion
In the b-position, on the other hand, the torsion is against the hands of a clock.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919
Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
In all these cases the torsion and asymmetry of the body are unaffected.
This is because the torsion varies as the fourth power of the diameter.
Even if it is only halved, the torsion is reduced sixteenfold.
It might be supposed that the torsion of the wire would appreciably affect the result.
- the twisting of a part by application of equal and opposite torques at either end
- the condition of twist and shear stress produced by a torque on a part or component
Word Origin for torsion
early 15c., "wringing pain in the bowels," from Old French torsion (early 14c.), from Late Latin torsionem (nominative torsio) "a wringing or gripping," from Latin tortionem (nominative tortio) "torture, torment," noun of action from past participle stem of torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Meaning "action or process of twisting as by opposing forces" is first recorded 1540s.