- 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
Example sentences from the Web for torsion
By the stimulus of a blow there is produced a torsional vibration—a response followed by recovery.Response in the Living and Non-Living|Jagadis Chunder Bose
Torsional movement of leaflet of Cassia alata: Experiment 152.
Vanadium is used mainly in steel, to which it gives great toughness and torsional strength.The Economic Aspect of Geology|C. K. Leith
The less excitable upper half of pulvinus is, in the above figure, to the left and the torsional response is clockwise.
A dorsiventral organ, moreover, exhibits a torsional movement under lateral stimulus of gravity.
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