tortile

[ tawr-til ]
/ ˈtɔr tɪl /

adjective

twisted; coiled.

Origin of tortile

1650–60; < Latin tortilis, equivalent to tort(us) twisted (see tort) + -ilis -ile
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Examples from the Web for tortile

  • He that would behold a very anomalous motion, may observe it in the Tortile and tiring stroaks of Gnatworms.

British Dictionary definitions for tortile

tortile

/ (ˈtɔːtaɪl) /

adjective

rare twisted or coiled

Derived Forms

tortility (tɔːˈtɪlɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for tortile

C17: from Latin tortilis winding, from tortus twisted, from torquēre to twist
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