Meaning of TORSION in English


— torsional , adj. — torsionally , adv.

/tawr"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of twisting.

2. the state of being twisted.

3. Mech.

a. the twisting of a body by two equal and opposite torques.

b. the internal torque so produced.

4. Math.

a. the degree of departure of a curve from a plane.

b. a number measuring this.

[ 1375-1425; 1535-45 for def. 1; late ME torcion wringing one's bowels torsion torsion- (s. of torsio ) torment, equiv. to tors ( us ) twisted (see TORSE) + -ion- -ION ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .