1. [syn: contort, deform, distort, wring]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Contort \Con*tort"\, v. t. [L. contortus, p. p. of contorquere
to twist; con- + torquere to twist. See Torture.]
To twist, or twist together; to turn awry; to bend; to
distort; to wrest.
The vertebral arteries are variously contorted. --Ray.
Kant contorted the term category from the proper
meaning of attributed. --Sir W.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: twist and press out of shape [syn: contort, deform,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
61 Moby Thesaurus words for "contort":
bend, buckle, corkscrew, crinkle, crook, crumple, curve, distort,
garble, get one wrong, get wrong, gloss, gnarl, intort, knot,
meander, misapply, misapprehend, miscite, misconceive, misconstrue,
misdeem, misexplain, misexplicate, misexpound, misinterpret,
misjudge, misquote, misread, misrender, misshape, mistake,
mistranslate, misunderstand, pervert, scallop, screw, serpentine,
slink, snake, spring, squeeze, strain the sense, swirl, torture,
turn, turn awry, twine, twirl, twist, twist and turn,
twist the words, warp, whirl, whorl, wind, worm, wrench, wrest,