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dis·tort

 (dĭ-stôrt′)
tr.v. dis·tort·ed, dis·tort·ing, dis·torts
1. To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape: a reflection distorted in the moving water; a face distorted in misery.
2. To cause to deviate from what is normal, reasonable, or accurate: "Though I knew how to translate exactly what she had told me, I realized that any translation would distort the deepest meaning of her message" (Richard Rodriguez).
3. Electronics To cause distortion in (a signal or waveform, for example).

[Latin distorquēre, distort- : dis-, apart; see dis- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]

dis·tort′er n.
Synonyms: distort, twist, deform, contort, warp
These verbs mean to alter form or character, usually disadvantageously. To distort is to change the physical shape of something, as by torsion or exaggerating certain features, or to misconstrue the meaning of something: "The human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things" (Francis Bacon).
Twist applies to distortion of form or meaning: He twisted his mouth in pain. She accused me of twisting her words. Deform refers to change that disfigures and often implies the loss of desirable qualities such as beauty: Erosion deforms the landscape. Contort implies violent change that produces unnatural or grotesque effects: "The body of the bird ... contorted suddenly. Its back arching; its head and tail straining to feel the touch of the other; its taloned feet grappling for a hold on a world that was gone" (Pete Dunne).
Warp can refer to turning from a flat or straight form or from a true course or direction: The floorboards warped over the years. His judgment is warped by prejudice.

distort

(dɪˈstɔːt)
vb (tr)
1. (often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
2. to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
3. (Electronics) electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform
[C16: from Latin distortus misshapen, from distorquēre to turn different ways, from dis-1 + torquēre to twist]
disˈtorted adj
disˈtortedly adv
disˈtortedness n
disˈtorter n
disˈtortive adj

dis•tort

(dɪˈstɔrt)

v.t.
1. to twist out of shape; alter the original or normal appearance of.
2. to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to; misrepresent.
3. to reproduce (an electronic signal) inaccurately.
[1580–90; < Latin distortus, past participle of distorquēre to distort =dis- dis-1 + torquēre to twist]
dis•tort′er, n.
syn: See misrepresent.

distort


Past participle: distorted
Gerund: distorting

Imperative
distort
distort
Present
I distort
you distort
he/she/it distorts
we distort
you distort
they distort
Preterite
I distorted
you distorted
he/she/it distorted
we distorted
you distorted
they distorted
Present Continuous
I am distorting
you are distorting
he/she/it is distorting
we are distorting
you are distorting
they are distorting
Present Perfect
I have distorted
you have distorted
he/she/it has distorted
we have distorted
you have distorted
they have distorted
Past Continuous
I was distorting
you were distorting
he/she/it was distorting
we were distorting
you were distorting
they were distorting
Past Perfect
I had distorted
you had distorted
he/she/it had distorted
we had distorted
you had distorted
they had distorted
Future
I will distort
you will distort
he/she/it will distort
we will distort
you will distort
they will distort
Future Perfect
I will have distorted
you will have distorted
he/she/it will have distorted
we will have distorted
you will have distorted
they will have distorted
Future Continuous
I will be distorting
you will be distorting
he/she/it will be distorting
we will be distorting
you will be distorting
they will be distorting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been distorting
you have been distorting
he/she/it has been distorting
we have been distorting
you have been distorting
they have been distorting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been distorting
you will have been distorting
he/she/it will have been distorting
we will have been distorting
you will have been distorting
they will have been distorting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been distorting
you had been distorting
he/she/it had been distorting
we had been distorting
you had been distorting
they had been distorting
Conditional
I would distort
you would distort
he/she/it would distort
we would distort
you would distort
they would distort
Past Conditional
I would have distorted
you would have distorted
he/she/it would have distorted
we would have distorted
you would have distorted
they would have distorted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.distort - make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
murder, mutilate, mangle - alter so as to make unrecognizable; "The tourists murdered the French language"
misrepresent, belie - represent falsely; "This statement misrepresents my intentions"
2.distort - form into a spiral shapedistort - form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
change form, change shape, deform - assume a different shape or form
wring, wrench - twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand"
contort, wring, deform, distort - twist and press out of shape
mat, entangle, snarl, tangle - twist together or entwine into a confusing mass; "The child entangled the cord"
interlace, intertwine, lace, twine, enlace, entwine - spin,wind, or twist together; "intertwine the ribbons"; "Twine the threads into a rope"; "intertwined hearts"
spin - work natural fibers into a thread; "spin silk"
interweave, weave - interlace by or as if by weaving
3.distort - twist and press out of shape
morph - change shape as via computer animation; "In the video, Michael Jackson morphed into a panther"
distort, twine, twist - form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
wring, wrench - twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish; "Wring one's hand"
wring - twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid; "wring the towels"
4.distort - affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
affect, bear upon, impact, bear on, touch on, touch - have an effect upon; "Will the new rules affect me?"
5.distort - alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
shape, form - give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"
jaundice - distort adversely; "Jealousy had jaundiced his judgment"

distort

verb
1. misrepresent, twist, bias, disguise, pervert, slant, colour, misinterpret, falsify, garble The media distorts reality.
2. deform, bend, twist, warp, buckle, mangle, disfigure, contort, gnarl, misshape, malform Make sure the image isn't distorted by lumps and bumps.

distort

verb
1. To alter and spoil the natural form or appearance of:
2. To give an inaccurate view of by representing falsely or misleadingly:
Idiom: give a false coloring to.
Translations
يُحَرِّف، يُغَيِّر في شَكْل الصَّوْتيُشَوِّه
deformovatzkreslitzkřivit
fordrejeforvanskeforvrænge
vääntäävääristäävääristellä
elgörbül
aflagaaflagast
iškreipimasiškreipti
deformētizkropļotsagrozīt
skresliť
bozmakbükmekçarpıtmak

distort

[dɪsˈtɔːt] VT [+ shape etc] → deformar; [+ sound, image] → distorsionar (fig) [+ judgment] → distorsionar; [+ truth] → tergiversar

distort

[dɪˈstɔːrt] vt
[+ truth, facts, reality, statement] → déformer; [+ figures] → falsifier
[+ shape, sound] → déformer

distort

vtverzerren (also Phys); truth, wordsverdrehen; reality, historyverzerrt darstellen; factsverzerrt darstellen, verdrehen; judgementtrüben, beeinträchtigen

distort

[dɪsˈtɔːt] vt (also) (fig) → distorcere; (face, also) (Tech) → deformare; (account, news) → falsare
a distorted impression → una falsa impressione

distort

(diˈstoːt) verb
1. to make or become twisted out of shape. Her face was distorted with pain; Metal distorts under stress.
2. to make (sound) indistinct and unnatural. Her voice sounded distorted on the telephone.
diˈstortion (-ʃən) noun

distort

v. torcer, deformar, desfigurar.
References in classic literature ?
Nay, but they are not to take in a decoction or in nauseous form, so you need not snub that so charming nose, or I shall point out to my friend Arthur what woes he may have to endure in seeing so much beauty that he so loves so much distort.
But man has such a predilection for systems and abstract deductions that he is ready to distort the truth intentionally, he is ready to deny the evidence of his senses only to justify his logic.
As Danglars approached the disappointed lover, he cast on him a look of deep meaning, while Fernand, as he slowly paced behind the happy pair, who seemed, in their own unmixed content, to have entirely forgotten that such a being as himself existed, was pale and abstracted; occasionally, however, a deep flush would overspread his countenance, and a nervous contraction distort his features, while, with an agitated and restless gaze, he would glance in the direction of Marseilles, like one who either anticipated or foresaw some great and important event.
you distort my words as you misconceive my intentions.
We distort a dozen sickly trees into unaccustomed shapes in a little yard no bigger than a dining room, and then surely they look absurd enough.
At the first moment there had arisen from his poet's head, or, simply and prosaically, from his empty stomach, a mist, a vapor, so to speak, which, spreading between objects and himself, permitted him to catch a glimpse of them only in the incoherent fog of nightmare,--in those shadows of dreams which distort every outline, agglomerating objects into unwieldy groups, dilating things into chimeras, and men into phantoms.
She found Fanny enduring torment under the hands of the hair-dresser, who was doing his best to spoil her hair, and distort her head with a mass of curls, braids, frizzles, and puffs; for though I discreetly refrain from any particular description, still, judging from the present fashions, I think one may venture to predict that six years hence they would be something frightful.
I have always blushed for those who put their guests in the attics, who furnish them with mirrors that distort everything to such a degree that any one beholding himself might think that he was smaller or larger than nature made him, or suffering from apoplectic stroke or some other bad complaint.
The angels are so enamored of the language that is spoken in heaven that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.
They pounce on the idea, and distort it, and then work it out so pettily and unworthily.
Raising himself upon his hands, he gazed at him for an instant, with scorn and hatred in his look; but, seeming to remember, even then, that this expression would distort his features after death, he tried to smile, and, faintly moving his right hand, as if to hide his bloody linen in his vest, fell back dead--the phantom of last night.
When from thy boiling store, thou shalt fill each jar brim full by-and-by, dost thou think that thou wilt always kill outright the robber Fancy lurking within - or sometimes only maim him and distort him!