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dis·tor·tion

 (dĭ-stôr′shən)
n.
1.
a. The act or an instance of distorting.
b. The condition of being distorted.
2. A statement that twists fact; a misrepresentation.
3.
a. The alteration of the original form of a signal representing an image, a sound, a waveform, or other information.
b. A visible or audible effect of such an alteration, such as the warping of an image or noise in an audio recording.
4. Psychology The modification of unconscious impulses into forms acceptable by conscious or dreaming perception.

dis·tor′tion·al, dis·tor′tion·ar′y, dis·tor′tive adj.

distortion

(dɪˈstɔːʃən)
n
1. the act or an instance of distorting or the state of being distorted
2. something that is distorted
3. (General Physics) an aberration of a lens or optical system in which the magnification varies with the lateral distance from the axis
4. (Electronics) electronics
a. an undesired change in the shape of an electromagnetic wave or signal
b. the result of such a change in waveform, esp a loss of clarity in radio reception or sound reproduction
5. (Psychology) psychol a change in perception so that it does not correspond to reality
6. (Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the disguising of the meaning of unconscious thoughts so that they may appear in consciousness, e.g. in dreams
disˈtortional adj

dis•tor•tion

(dɪˈstɔr ʃən)

n.
1. an act or instance of distorting.
2. the state of being distorted.
3. anything distorted, as an image or electronic signal.
4. an aberration of a lens or system of lenses in which the magnification of the object varies with the lateral distance from the axis of the lens.
[1575–85; < Latin]
dis•tor′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.distortion - a change for the worsedistortion - a change for the worse    
damage, impairment, harm - the occurrence of a change for the worse
warping, warp - a moral or mental distortion
2.distortion - a shape resulting from distortion
shape, form - the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
crookedness, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness, contortion - a tortuous and twisted shape or position; "they built a tree house in the tortuosities of its boughs"; "the acrobat performed incredible contortions"
buckle, warp - a shape distorted by twisting or folding
gnarl, knot - something twisted and tight and swollen; "their muscles stood out in knots"; "the old man's fists were two great gnarls"; "his stomach was in knots"
3.distortion - an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good imagedistortion - an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
chromatic aberration - an optical aberration in which the image has colored fringes
optical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon related to or involving light
spherical aberration - an optical aberration resulting in a distorted image
4.distortion - a change (usually undesired) in the waveform of an acoustic or analog electrical signal; the difference between two measurements of a signal (as between the input and output signal); "heavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion"
acoustic phenomenon - a physical phenomenon associated with the production or transmission of sound
electrical phenomenon - a physical phenomenon involving electricity
amplitude distortion, nonlinear distortion - distortion that occurs when the output signal does not have a linear relation to the input signal
5.distortion - the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
falsification, misrepresentation - a willful perversion of facts
6.distortion - the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

distortion

noun
1. misrepresentation, bias, slant, perversion, falsification, colouring He accused reporters of wilful distortion.
2. deformity, bend, twist, warp, buckle, contortion, malformation, crookedness, twistedness the gargoyle-like distortion of her face
Translations
تَحْريف، تَشْويه
zkreslenídeformace
fordrejningforvanskningforvrængning
vääristäminenvääristelyvääristymävääristyminen
eltorzításmeghamisítás
aflögun
boz ma

distortion

[dɪsˈtɔːʃən] N [of shape] → deformación f; [of sound, image] → distorsión f (fig) → distorsión f; [of truth] → tergiversación f

distortion

[dɪˈstɔːrʃən] n
[truth, facts, statement, reality] → déformation f; [figures] → falsification f
[sound, shape] → distorsion f

distortion

nVerzerrung f (also Phys); (of truth, words)Verdrehung f; (of reality, history)verzerrte Darstellung; (of facts)verzerrte Darstellung, Verdrehung f; (of judgement)Trübung f, → Beeinträchtigung f

distortion

[dɪsˈtɔːʃn] n (gen) → distorsione f; (of truth) → alterazione f; (of facts) → travisamento (Tech) → deformazione f

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

dis·tor·tion

n. distorsión, deformación, desfiguración.
References in classic literature ?
The company, tremulous as the leaves of a tree, when all are shaking together, drew nearer, and perceived that there was an unnatural distortion in the fixedness of Colonel Pyncheon's stare; that there was blood on his ruff, and that his hoary beard was saturated with it.
Instantly the flexible limbs of the child assumed the appearance of deformity and distortion, as, with his back humped up, and his master's stick in his hand, he hobbled about the room, his childish face drawn into a doleful pucker, and spitting from right to left, in imitation of an old man.
If you have ever seen a collie smile you may have some idea of Woola's facial distortion.
The countenance of the latter immediately impressed a beholder disagreeably, but it required some examination to discover that the cause was a very slight distortion of the mouth, and the irregular, broken line, and near approach of the eyebrows.
I was still naive enough to associate them with tears, lamentations, extraordinary attitudes of the body and some sort of facial distortion, all very dreadful to behold.
But although Hop-Frog, through the distortion of his legs, could move only with great pain and difficulty along a road or floor, the prodigious muscular power which nature seemed to have bestowed upon his arms, by way of compensation for deficiency in the lower limbs, enabled him to perform many feats of wonderful dexterity, where trees or ropes were in question, or any thing else to climb.
Such are the views which, with much passionate distortion of his thin features and wagging of his thin, goat-like beard, he poured into our ears all the way from Southampton to Manaos.
Archer saw no trace of the slight distortion left by her stroke.
In due course they were moved up, having learned little but a cheerful effrontery in the distortion of truth, which was possibly of greater service to them in after life than an ability to read Latin at sight.
Now, was this distortion, this capacity for a perverted way of viewing things, a special or accidental case, or is such a general rule?
Yes, it will," said Celia, with the same touching distortion of her small features.
It was a crowded, ill-lighted hall, barn-like in its proportions, and the smoke-laden air gave a peculiar distortion to everything.

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