from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of distorting.
- n. The condition of being distorted.
- n. A statement that twists fact; a misrepresentation.
- n. A change in the shape of an image resulting from imperfections in an optical system, such as a lens.
- n. Electronics An undesired change in the waveform of a signal.
- n. Electronics A consequence of such a change, especially a lack of fidelity in reception or reproduction.
- n. Psychology The modification of unconscious impulses into forms acceptable by conscious or dreaming perception.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An act of distorting.
- n. A result of distorting.
- n. A misrepresentation of the truth.
- n. Noise or other artifacts caused in the electronic reproduction of sound or music.
- n. An effect used in music, most commonly on guitars in rock or metal.
- n. an aberration that causes magnification to change over the field of view.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of distorting, or twisting out of natural or regular shape; a twisting or writhing motion.
- n. A wresting from the true meaning.
- n. The state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion.
- n. An unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of distorting.
- n. In mathematics, any change of shape not involving a breach of continuity. But a mere alteration of size in the same ratio in all directions is not considered to be a distortion.
- n. A twisting or writhing motion: as, the facial distortions of a sufferer.
- n. The state of being twisted out of shape; a deviation from the natural or regular shape or position; an unnatural direction of parts, from whatever cause.
- n. A perversion of the true meaning or intent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
- n. a shape resulting from distortion
- n. a change for the worse
- n. the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
- n. 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)
- n. the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
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