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contortĭo , ōnis, f. contorqueo. *
I. A whirling round: “dexterae,Auct. Her. 4, 19, 26 fin.
II. An intertwining, involving; intricacy, complication; of discourse, in the plur.: contortiones orationis, * Cic. Fat. 9, 17; Aug. Retract. 1, 50.
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