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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 ?
When the distorting influence of the medium is sufficiently great, the resulting particular can no longer be regarded as an appearance of an object, but must be treated on its own account.
All that is necessary is that it should be derivable from the regular appearances by the laws which express the distorting influence of the medium.
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In January, activists of the Karni Sena had protested and manhandled and misbehaved with the crew of Bhansali's Padmavati claiming that the filmmaker was distorting historical facts in the movie.
Manama: Bahraini Ambassador to Russia Ahmed Saati yesterday slammed Russian news agency Sputnik for publishing misleading information and distorting statements by officials from Saudi and Bahrain.
Safety net programs enacted in the 2014 farm bill may be more market distorting than previous provisions, posing potential compliance issues with the World Trade Organization, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service.
Abdullah's team of distorting his conversation with an army official about the June 14 runoff vote.
Abu Dhabi City Municipality called on all community members to join hands with the Municipality and its strategic partners in combating the graffiti phenomenon distorting the walls of public and private buildings.
In the same context, Abdullah Nasser Al Junaibi, Acting Executive Director of the Municipal Services, said, "This campaign comes in the framework of an integrated plan aimed at ridding our cities and streets from all forms of negative practices that contribute to distorting the civilized public appearance, besides instilling the values of collaboration and cooperation between the community and the Municipality in order to achieve the common objectives of nurturing a healthy and civilized environment, in which we take pride.
The vast income disparity between the wealthy and the middle and lower classes in the US is distorting the economy in significant ways and could be remedied in part by increasing taxes on the rich, Noble Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman told CBC's Lang & O'Leary program Thursday.
Summary: Sayyed filed a lawsuit Tuesday against three Future Movement lawmakers, accusing them of distorting his remarks in a tipoff they filed against him with the judiciary earlier this month.
Moreover, SIFIs are required to re-invest the capital by lending to frontline social sector organisations under strict conditions, to avoid crowding out private investors and distorting competition.

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