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contorted

(kən-tôr′tĭd)
adj.
1. Twisted or strained out of shape.
2. Botany Twisted, bent, or partially rolled upon itself; convolute.

con·tort′ed·ly adv.
con·tort′ed·ness n.

contorted

(of PERIANTH lobes) overlapping and appearing to be twisted when in bud.
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The side show--the outside on the side feature of every circus--was the first place visited, and consisted of less than the usual number of attractions, except to those (of the male persuasion) who loosened up an extra quarter to visit a little side tent to see the final gyrations of the hoo-chie-koo-chie dance, which consists of a number of unseemly and suggestive contortions by the loose-jointed female, with little more than her modesty to cover her, and a scant supply at that.
Morellet's present most notably involves the formal contortion of the number [pi].
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Ellis Wood's incorporation of gymnastic flexibility and contortion heightened the drama of her dancing, particularly in her duet with Carla Rudiger, Violent Silence.
He sprayed in shots from all over the court, using all manners of contortion, on his way to 35 points in the decisive Game 5.
The model's pose, her slight contortion, sends the twang of sexualized scenario through the work, in chorus with the equivocal dramatics of her self-display: on the one hand brazenly demonstrative, on the other, hidden-faced, constrained (hands locked above head).
In the same work four female dancers, cast along a deep diagonal, slowly manipulated their bodies in unison into powerful, ironically beautiful contortion.
The dancers' musicality will be evident in demanding works like Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot's Safe as Houses and Stop-Motion, in which they fold into inventive contortions and rapidly change formations.
I think she would have done her credibility a lot more good if she had said the idea was a good one but she wasn't keen on the colour of the van instead of the verbal contortions she resorted to trying to justify supporting it.
And his facial contortions were replaced by a smile thanks to Danny Welbeck's double that wrapped up the win.
More than most pilots, "Tyrant's" first hour is all preamble--the necessary buildup and narrative contortions to establish its provocative if implausible premise.
We both froze and I thought I owed her an explanation over my bizarre contortions and told her I was learning to swim.