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Princeton's WordNet

  1. distortion, deformation(noun)

    a change for the worse

  2. distorted shape, distortion(noun)

    a shape resulting from distortion

  3. aberration, distortion, optical aberration(noun)

    an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image

  4. distortion(noun)

    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"

  5. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting(noun)

    the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

  6. distortion(noun)

    the mistake of misrepresenting the facts


  1. distortion(Noun)

    An act of distorting.

  2. distortion(Noun)

    A result of distorting.

  3. distortion(Noun)

    A misrepresentation of the truth.

    The story he told was a bit of a distortion.

  4. distortion(Noun)

    Noise or other artifacts caused in the electronic reproduction of sound or music.

    This recording sounds awful due to the distortion.

  5. distortion(Noun)

    An effect used in music, most commonly on guitars in rock or metal.

  6. distortion(Noun)

    (optics) an aberration that causes magnification to change over the field of view.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distortion(noun)

    the act of distorting, or twisting out of natural or regular shape; a twisting or writhing motion; as, the distortions of the face or body

  2. Distortion(noun)

    a wresting from the true meaning

  3. Distortion(noun)

    the state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion

  4. Distortion(noun)

    an unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity

  5. Origin: [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.]


  1. Distortion

    Distortion is the alteration of the original shape of something, such as an object, image, sound or waveform. Distortion is usually unwanted, and so engineers strive to eliminate distortion, or minimize it. In some situations, however, distortion may be desirable. The important signal processing operation of heterodyning is based on nonlinear mixing of signals to cause intermodulation. Distortion is also used as a musical effect, particularly with electric guitars. The addition of noise or other outside signals is not deemed distortion, though the effects of quantization distortion are sometimes deemed noise. A quality measure that explicitly reflects both the noise and the distortion is the Signal-to-noise-and-distortion ratio.

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jennifer Aniston:

    The very idea that a building of 90,000 square feet can be called a home seems at the least a significant distortion of building code.

  2. President Nicolas Maduro:

    If you want, crucify me, kill me, the price is a distortion ... I think the time has come ... to do it this year. I assume the responsibility and the criticisms.

  3. Russian President Vladimir Putin:

    We see what's happening in the Middle East, where terrorists from the so-called Islamic State are discrediting the great world religion of Islam, planting hatred, killing people, destroying world cultural monuments in a barbaric way, their ideology is based on a lie, on a distortion of Islam.

  4. Phil Poole:

    ECB QE will not have a significant effect, at least in our view, on the real economy - but it is having a massive effect on financial markets, there is clearly a distortion in the market which is leading investors generally to take more risk or buy less liquid assets in order to generate a return.

  5. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Here are the seven signs of Narcissism, which you can use to identify the Narcissists that may be around you in the society.: (1) Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways. (2) Magical thinking: Narcissists view themselves as perfect at all times, using distortion and illusion known as “magical thinking“. They also use projection to dump shame onto others. (3) Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may re-inflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else. (4) Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person. (5) Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they consider themselves special. Failure to comply is considered an attack on their superiority, and the perpetrator is considered an “awkward” or “difficult” person. Defiance of their will is a narcissistic injury that can trigger narcissistic rage. (6) Exploitation: Can take many forms but always involves the exploitation of others without regard for their feelings or interests. Often the other is in a subservient position where resistance would be difficult or even impossible. Sometimes the subservience is not so much real as assumed. (7) Bad boundaries: Narcissists do not recognize that they have boundaries and that others are separate and are not extensions of themselves. Others either exist to meet their needs or may as well not exist at all. Those who provide narcissistic supply to the narcissist are treated as if they are part of the narcissist and are expected to live up to those expectations. In the mind of a narcissist there is no boundary between self and other.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • изкривяване, изопачаване, деформация, измятанеBulgarian
  • zkresleníCzech
  • fordrejelse, forvridning, forvrængning, distortionDanish
  • Verformung, Verdrehung, Enstellung, Verzerrung, Zerrbild, VerwindungGerman
  • παραμόρφωση, διαστροφή, διαστρέβλωση, παραποίησηGreek
  • distorsiónSpanish
  • vääristymä, vääristely, särö, vääristyminen, vääristäminenFinnish
  • distorsionFrench
  • meghamisítás, eltorzításHungarian
  • distorsiIndonesian
  • искаже́ние, искривле́ние, дисто́рсия, дисто́ршнRussian
  • förvränging, förvrängning, distortionSwedish

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