a change for the worse
distorted shape, distortion(noun)
a shape resulting from distortion
aberration, distortion, optical aberration(noun)
an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
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"
distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting(noun)
the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
An act of distorting.
A result of distorting.
A misrepresentation of the truth.
The story he told was a bit of a distortion.
Noise or other artifacts caused in the electronic reproduction of sound or music.
This recording sounds awful due to the distortion.
An effect used in music, most commonly on guitars in rock or metal.
(optics) an aberration that causes magnification to change over the field of view.
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
a wresting from the true meaning
the state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion
an unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity
Origin: [L. distortio: cf. F. 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.
The numerical value of distortion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of distortion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of distortion in a Sentence
It's a relief rally, again we are seeing rating agencies showing a big distortion in how they see credit risk.
Delegates from our political alliance will challenge the results, we will not allow a distortion of the popular will.
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.
It causes a major distortion in the market. We're not competing with a private enterprise any more. We're competing with the government.
I believe that the proposal to separate the credit card companies from the banks could damage competition and may create an economic distortion.
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- изкривяване, изопачаване, деформация, измятанеBulgarian
- fordrejelse, forvridning, forvrængning, distortionDanish
- Verformung, Verdrehung, Enstellung, Verzerrung, Zerrbild, VerwindungGerman
- παραμόρφωση, διαστροφή, διαστρέβλωση, παραποίησηGreek
- vääristymä, vääristely, särö, vääristyminen, vääristäminenFinnish
- meghamisítás, eltorzításHungarian
- искаже́ние, искривле́ние, дисто́рсия, дисто́ршнRussian
- förvränging, förvrängning, distortionSwedish
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