Definition of contort verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

contort

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kənˈtɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɔːrt//
 
[intransitive, transitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they contort
BrE BrE//kənˈtɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɔːrt//
 
he / she / it contorts
BrE BrE//kənˈtɔːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɔːrts//
 
past simple contorted
BrE BrE//kənˈtɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɔːrtɪd//
 
past participle contorted
BrE BrE//kənˈtɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɔːrtɪd//
 
-ing form contorting
BrE BrE//kənˈtɔːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtɔːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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to become twisted or make something twisted out of its natural or normal shape His face contorted with anger. contort something Her mouth was contorted in a snarl. A spasm of pain contorted his face. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin contort- ‘twisted round, brandished’, from the verb contorquere, from con- ‘together’ + torquere ‘twist’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contort