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

    Etymology: [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.]

  2. Distortion(noun)

    a wresting from the true meaning

    Etymology: [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.]

  3. Distortion(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.]

  4. Distortion(noun)

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

    Etymology: [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. 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. Andrew Parker:

    Bare-faced lying seems to be the default mode, coupled with ridicule of critics, the Russian state's now well-practised doctrine of blending media manipulation, social media disinformation and distortion along with new and old forms of espionage, and high-levels of cyber attacks, military force and criminal thuggery is what is meant these days by the term 'hybrid threats'.

  3. 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.

  4. Halton Cheadle:

    The exclusivity clauses in the lease agreements may be causing distortion in the grocery retail sector by entrenching barriers to entry and expansion, a single national grocery retailer operating in a shopping centre may be in a position to charge higher prices due to lack of competition.

  5. 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.

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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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