torsion definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English torcion ; from Middle French torsion ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin torsio ; from past participle of Classical Latin torquere, to twist: see tort
torsion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle 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.
- torˈsion·al adjective
- torˈsion·al·ly adverb
torsion - Medical Definition
- A twisting or rotation of a part on its long axis.
- Twisting of the cut end of an artery to arrest hemorrhage.
- Ocular rotation around the anteroposterior axis.
- torsional adjective
torsion - Science Definition
- The stress on an object when torque is applied to it.
- A mathematical operation in geometry measuring how tightly a plane is twisted.