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torsion

[ tawr-shuhn ]
/ ˈtɔr ʃən /
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noun
the act of twisting.
the state of being twisted.
Mechanics.
  1. the twisting of a body by two equal and opposite torques.
  2. the internal torque so produced.
Mathematics.
  1. the degree of departure of a curve from a plane.
  2. a number measuring this.
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Origin of torsion

1375–1425; 1535–45 for def. 1; late Middle English torcion wringing one's bowels <Old French torsion<Late Latin torsiōn- (stem of torsiō) torment, equivalent to tors(us) twisted (see torse) + -iōn--ion

OTHER WORDS FROM torsion

tor·sion·al, adjectivetor·sion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for torsion

torsion
/ (ˈtɔːʃən) /

noun
  1. the twisting of a part by application of equal and opposite torques at either end
  2. the condition of twist and shear stress produced by a torque on a part or component
the act of twisting or the state of being twisted

Derived forms of torsion

torsional, adjectivetorsionally, adverb

Word Origin for torsion

C15: from Old French, from medical Latin torsiō griping pains, from Latin torquēre to twist, torture
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Scientific definitions for torsion

torsion
[ tôrshən ]

The stress on an object when torque is applied to it.
A mathematical operation in geometry measuring how tightly a plane is twisted.
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