- the process or condition of twisting or being twisted
- the stress or strain produced in a body, as a rod, wire, or thread, by turning one end along a longitudinal axis while the other end is held firm or twisted in the opposite direction
- the torque exerted by a body in reaction to being placed under torsion
Origin of torsionMiddle English torcion from Middle French torsion from Ecclesiastical Late Latin torsio from past participle of Classical Latin torquere, to twist: see tort
- a. The act of twisting or turning.b. The condition of being twisted or turned.
- The stress or deformation caused when one end of an object is twisted in one direction and the other end is held motionless or twisted in the opposite direction.
Origin of torsionMiddle English torcion wringing pain in the bowels from Old French torsion from Late Latin torsiō torsiōn- a wringing pain variant of Latin tortiō from tortus past particple of torquēre to twist ; see torsade .
- 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.