Definition of contortion in US English:

contortion

noun

  • 1A twisted or bent condition, state, or form.

    ‘their facial contortions are hilarious’
    1. 1.1 A thing that is complex and difficult to follow as a result of being deliberately distorted.
      ‘officials performed linguistic contortions trying to avoid a definitive answer’
  • 2The skill of twisting and bending one's body into strange and unnatural positions, as a form of entertainment

    ‘she has been performing contortion internationally for twelve years’