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Princeton's WordNet

  1. falsify, distort, garble, warpverb

    make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

  2. twist, twine, distortverb

    form into a spiral shape

    "The cord is all twisted"

  3. contort, deform, distort, wringverb

    twist and press out of shape

  4. tinge, color, colour, distortverb

    affect as in thought or feeling

    "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"

  5. deform, distort, strainverb

    alter the shape of (something) by stress

    "His body was deformed by leprosy"


  1. distortverb

    To bring something out of shape.

  2. distortverb

    To become misshapen.

  3. distortverb

    To give a false or misleading account of

    In their articles, journalists sometimes distort the truth.

  4. Etymology: From distortum, past participle of distorquero

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DISTORTverb

    Etymology: distortus, Latin.

    Now mortal pangs distort his lovely form. Smith.

    Wrath and malice, envy and revenge, do darken and distort the understandings of men. John Tillotson.

    Something must be distorted, beside the intent of the divine inditer. Henry Peacham, on Poetry.


  1. distort

    In signal processing, distortion is the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of a signal. In communications and electronics it means the alteration of the waveform of an information-bearing signal, such as an audio signal representing sound or a video signal representing images, in an electronic device or communication channel. Distortion is usually unwanted, and so engineers strive to eliminate or minimize it. In some situations, however, distortion may be desirable. For example, in noise reduction systems like the Dolby system, an audio signal is deliberately distorted in ways that emphasize aspects of the signal that are subject to electrical noise, then it is symmetrically "undistorted" after passing through a noisy communication channel, reducing the noise in the received signal. Distortion is also used as a musical effect, particularly with electric guitars. The addition of noise or other outside signals (hum, interference) is not considered distortion, though the effects of quantization distortion are sometimes included in noise. Quality measures that reflect both noise and distortion include the signal-to-noise and distortion (SINAD) ratio and total harmonic distortion plus noise (THD+N).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Distortadjective

    distorted; misshapen

  2. Distortverb

    to twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body

  3. Distortverb

    to force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist aside mentally or morally

  4. Distortverb

    to wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort passages of Scripture, or their meaning

  5. Etymology: [L. distortus, p. p. of distorquere to twist, distort; dis- + torquere to twist. See Torsion.]


  1. Distort

    Distort was the second release and first remix album by Darkwave duo Collide which has been out of print for some time. However recently the album has been brought back in stock with a few more tracks and has undergone some more studio remixing and remastering for the 2006 release.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Distort

    dis-tort′, v.t. to turn a different way: to force out of the natural or regular shape or direction: to turn aside from the true meaning: to pervert: to misrepresent.—p.adj. Distort′ed.—n. Distor′tion, a twisting out of regular shape: crookedness: perversion.—adj. Distort′ive, causing distortion. [L. dis, asunder, torquēre, tortum, to twist.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distort in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distort in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of distort in a Sentence

  1. President Obama:

    We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends.

  2. Michal Meidan:

    Monthly data is problematic to look at for broader structural trends because stocks tend to distort the data.

  3. Soenke Tangermann:

    Highly subsided nuclear power from this plant will noticeably distort European competitiveness.

  4. Dawn Laguens:

    The latest tape has at least 20 substantial and unexplained edits. Previous tapes released by this extremist group were heavily edited in order to distort what the people on the tapes actually said, these videos are intended to shock and deceive the public. For example, one video was edited to make it look like a doctor said she would.

  5. Garrett Epps:

    It took an extra 20 years to do away with child labor, that's 20 years of children coughing their lungs out in textile mills or dragging wagons of coals underground instead of going to school because the court chose to distort the Constitution that way.

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  • التشوهArabic
  • изопачавам, деформирам, изкривявамBulgarian
  • verzerrenGerman
  • misprezenti, tordi, distordiEsperanto
  • distorsionarSpanish
  • vääristellä, vääristää, vääntääFinnish
  • distordre, déformerFrench
  • cuir as a chuma, cuir casadh i, fiar, cuir cor i, cuir as a ríocht, athchum, camIrish
  • csúsztat, torzítHungarian
  • memutarbalikkanIndonesian
  • deformare, distorcereItalian
  • 曲げる, 歪めるJapanese
  • ធ្វើអោយខុសពីភាពដើម, បង្ខូចទ្រង់ទ្រាយKhmer
  • whakariroMāori
  • verdraaien, vervalsen, vervormenDutch
  • forvrenge, fordreieNorwegian
  • wypaczaćPolish
  • distorcerPortuguese
  • исказить, искривить, изогнуть, искажать, извратить, изгибать, искривлять, извращатьRussian
  • förvrängaSwedish
  • บิดเบือนThai

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    irregularly slashed and jagged as if torn
    • A. motile
    • B. bonzer
    • C. lacerate
    • D. commensal

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