Usage examples for contort

  1. Why is it nobler to contort the mind than to contort the body?" – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  2. Only the widest- mouthed, most grotesque- looking clowns of the place attempted to compete; and he won who, besides being the ugliest by nature, could " grin" and contort his features in the mode which most tickled the fancy of the beholders. – Jan of the Windmill by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  3. If this was the man whose prayers and groans and sobs had come to me through the locked door, if he had wrestled with his conscience or even had been the accusing conscience of another, his face was a mask that showed no trace of the agony of thoughts that might contort the spirit beneath it. – Blindfolded by Earle Ashley Walcott
  4. They worry and contort and introspect. – Emerson and Other Essays by John Jay Chapman
  5. I was gazing at the flames, watching talons of metal contort in the heat. – The Samurai Strategy by Thomas Hoover
  6. On some occasions, when he was angry or disappointed, it was very hideous; for he would so contort his face that the scar would, as it were, stretch itself out, revealing all its horrors, and his countenance would become all scar. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  7. At once he flung the vessel into the air, fell to the ground, and began to contort violently. – Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer by W. C. Scully
  8. She not only plays with boys and plays boys' games and plays them as well as boys or better, not only climbs trees when she is in the country, and rides bareback and goes fishing and swimming in any stream or pool, and ranges the woods and cannot be restrained; but also she will indulge in the wildest pranks, the most unthinkable freaks, play rough practical jokes on anybody and everybody, laugh out loud, shout and yell, gesticulate and contort herself into undignified postures and act generally in an uproarious and uncurbed fashion. – The Unwilling Vestal by Edward Lucas White
  9. He ceased to contort his limbs in our awful presence, looked at me like as an ordinary person, and even ventured on giving me an arm. – Chantry House by Charlotte M. Yonge
  10. She was relating something in a lively and jovial tone, for the editor would every now and then burst out in a discreet laugh, while Kotlicki would contort into a smile, his long equine face, and gather about him his coat- tails. – The Comedienne by Wladyslaw Reymont
  11. There could be no doubt as to her being alive, for she was secured by chains in such a fashion that she was permitted a certain amount of freedom, of which she was availing herself to contort and twist her body into shapes which were horribly suggestive of the agony which she was enduring,- the artist, indeed, seemed to have exhausted his powers in his efforts to convey a vivid impression of the pains which were tormenting her. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  12. He would contort his mobile face into all the varying expressions of wonder and dismay, of terror or stupefaction, and his entrance to the children's ward was always greeted with outcries of delight, when the little ones were well enough to allow of such freedom. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  13. Blisters caused by Ascomyces deformans, B., contort the leaves of peaches, as Ascomyces bullatus, B., does those of the pear, and Ascomyces juglandis, B., those of the walnut. – Fungi: Their Nature and Uses by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
  14. Andy walked around in the middle of the corral, quite aimlessly, and watched the roan contort – The Happy Family by Bertha Muzzy Bower
  15. Then would we, too, sing hymns through our blessed nose, and contort and musculate with much satisfaction of soul, even in the gymnasium of The Straight- backed. – The Fiend's Delight by Dod Grile