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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.
The youngsters will be appearing in a skipping display and showing off their acrobatic and contortion abilities.
It is in this latter work, in fact, that the overlap of Eros and Thanatos, perhaps Roberts's main interest, puts in its most overt appearance: This seat is designed for pleasure, for life, but like the all-too-similar electric chair, it seems an instrument of lethal contortion and constraint.
The performances reflect Chinese arts, like contortion and Wu-Shu, which is Chinese Kung Fu."
Each kind of contortion absorbs a certain wavelength of light, taking particular bites out of a broad band of ultraviolet radiation to produce the distinctive peaks and valleys of its absorption spectrum.
Each contortion is given a name - the hotdog, the hamburger and the eye-watering G-string.
Chris, 28, from And-over, said: "It's impossible to get into the car without a bit of contortion and difficult to get out in a hurry.
I accept those high extensions as a special means of choreographic expression; others think of them as aberrant contortions. Well, pointe work was once an aberrant contortion.
Morellet's present most notably involves the formal contortion of the number [pi].
Benjamin wishes us to bear the kn owledge--that is, demands of his words that each bears the pain of perceiving--that each thing given to us appears not only through the work of endless others but through a contortion in what should count as work.
Ellis Wood's incorporation of gymnastic flexibility and contortion heightened the drama of her dancing, particularly in her duet with Carla Rudiger, Violent Silence.
It belongs to another, more idiosyncratic genre, a genre of aesthetically various works that nevertheless embody a single contortion: make an artwork that blasts everything away, and you're still left with the art you've done the blasting with.