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contorted

[kən′tȯrd·əd]
(botany)
Twisted; applied to proximate leaves whose margins overlap.
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Now, the old gentleman came in as brisk as need be; but, he had no sooner raised his spectacles on his forehead, and thrust his hands behind the skirts of his dressing-gown to take a good long look at Oliver, than his countenance underwent a very great variety of odd contortions.
Weller, having delivered this gentle recipe with strong emphasis, eked out by a variety of nods and contortions of the eye, emptied his glass at a draught, and knocked the ashes out of his pipe, with native dignity.
To this, Kit only replied by bashfully bidding his mother 'get out,' and forming sundry strange figures with his legs and arms, accompanied by sympathetic contortions of his face.
A classic contortion routine, in which a woman on her stomach sets her feet on her own shoulders, becomes funny when it's "faked" by two women.
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.
No one pulls a better facial contortion in the throws of a seering guitar solo.
Dayglow, which began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida, has transformed into a large-scale touring production that includes DJs, aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortion acts, fire shows, and cannons that deliver a "Paint Blast.
Shatner's Bassoon join the growing movement of extreme rock-jazz improv contortion, following in the wake of young bands such as Acoustic Ladyland, Led Bib, Roller Trio, Troyka and Trio VD.
Until recently, I would spend every idle moment engaged in some form of physical contortion.
And the mix of entertainment on show includes contortion and dance, giant street walkers, magicians and even a digital funf air.