What does distortion mean?

Definitions for distortion
dɪˈstɔr ʃəndis·tor·tion

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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.

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How to say distortion in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of distortion in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of distortion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of distortion in a Sentence

  1. Luis Costa:

    It's a relief rally, again we are seeing rating agencies showing a big distortion in how they see credit risk.

  2. Guillermo Lasso:

    Delegates from our political alliance will challenge the results, we will not allow a distortion of the popular will.

  3. 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.

  4. Paulo Cesar Silva:

    It causes a major distortion in the market. We're not competing with a private enterprise any more. We're competing with the government.

  5. Yair Seroussi:

    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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  • تشويهArabic
  • 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
  • వక్రీకరణTelugu

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