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contorted

[kən′tȯrd·əd]
(botany)
Twisted; applied to proximate leaves whose margins overlap.
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"O Jervase Helwyse," said the voice--and as it spoke the figure contorted itself, struggling to hide its blasted face--"look not now on the woman you once loved!
Bududreen lay there, his contorted features set in a horrible grimace of death which grinned up at the man he would have cheated, as though conscious of the fact that the white man would have betrayed him had the opportunity come, the while he enjoyed in anticipation the other's disappointment in the loss of both the girl and the treasure.
For hours his contorted and hideous features lay grinning back at those in the stern of the little boat, until Jane Porter could endure the sight no longer.
And indeed, some more faces, furious and contorted with rage, showed themselves at the windows, crying, --
Instead of looking for a physical defect in the brain, those who treat delusions look for the repressed desire which has found this contorted mode of expression.
We called at some more places with farcical names, where the merry dance of death and trade goes on in a still and earthy atmosphere as of an overheated catacomb; all along the formless coast bor- dered by dangerous surf, as if Nature herself had tried to ward off intruders; in and out of rivers, streams of death in life, whose banks were rotting into mud, whose waters, thickened into slime, invaded the contorted man- groves, that seemed to writhe at us in the extremity of an impotent despair.
One, with his chin propped on his knees, stared at nothing, in an intoler- able and appalling manner: his brother phantom rested its forehead, as if overcome with a great weariness; and all about others were scattered in every pose of contorted collapse, as in some picture of a massacre or a pestilence.
PHD's handy 'wand' applicator makes spraying the sunscreen on easy, without having to contort and twist too much.
Alzheimer's disease proteins may contort differently in every patient.
While most of us would struggle to touch our toes, Zlata can twist her body like a snake and contort herself into extreme shapes - as these sassy snaps show.
Stuart ElliottFrom the July issue:I find that the hardest thing about patting yourself on the back is being able to contort your arm to reach around behind you.
You'll be subjecting yourself to more Bertlemans, laybacks, and carves than you would normally witness in any given time period, but there's something sacred about riding ditches that makes your face contort into a smile and brings out the dork in you.