- 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
Examples from the Web for torsion
To illustrate the movement of torsion in the spine, or its rotation round its own axis.A Practical Physiology|Albert F. Blaisdell
The geotropic curvature and torsion are increased by lowering of temperature, and decreased by rise of temperature.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
Between the hook or crank (e) and the centre of the upper screw (a a), the india-rubber in a state of torsion (f) extends.
The torsion thread itself was not of metal, but glass, according to the excellent suggestion of the late Dr. Ritchie236.Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1|Michael Faraday
The motive power was india-rubber in the condition of torsion; the propeller, a screw.
British Dictionary definitions for torsion
- 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