- 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.
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Origin of torsion
OTHER WORDS FROM torsiontor·sion·al, adjectivetor·sion·al·ly, adverb
Words nearby torsion
Example sentences from the Web for torsion
“This simple observation — that torsion points on the elliptic curve are the same as finite orbit points for a certain dynamical system — is what we use in our paper over and over and over again,” said DeMarco.
They are a direct analog of torsion points on elliptic curves.
The two elliptic curves and their torsion points could not be immediately compared because they do not necessarily overlap.
The new work focuses on the torsion points of those elliptic curves.
So, to put a bound on the Manin-Mumford conjecture, all the authors had to do was count the number of intersections between those torsion points.
Coulomb was the maker of the first instrument for measuring a current, which was known as the torsion balance.Steam Steel and Electricity|James W. Steele
Penaud's machine, relying only on india rubber under torsion, flies for some fifty yards.The Mark Of Cain|Andrew Lang
On the other hand, the law of torsion could hardly be quite so simple, at all events, to the second order of approximations.On Laboratory Arts|Richard Threlfall
Its free motion differs entirely from that given it by torsion or stress.
The old freighter swung a great circle, its torsion jets blasting desperately in an effort to keep it on an even keel.Runaway|William Morrison
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