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(See the entry for torsion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
torsion (plural torsions)
- The act of turning or twisting, or the state of being twisted; the twisting or wrenching of a body by the exertion of a lateral force tending to turn one end or part of it about a longitudinal axis, while the other is held fast or turned in the opposite direction.
- (mechanics) That force with which a thread, wire, or rod of any material, returns, or tends to return, to a state of rest after it has been twisted; torsibility.
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- Genitive singular form of torsio.
torsion f (plural torsions)
- torsion; act of turning or twisting.