distortion

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noun dis·tor·tion \di-ˈstȯr-shən\

Definition of distortion

  1. 1 :  the act of twisting or altering something out of its true, natural, or original state :  the act of distorting a distortion of the facts

  2. 2 :  the quality or state of being distorted :  a product of distorting: such asa physics :  a lack of proportionality in an image resulting from defects in the optical system an image free of distortionb :  falsified reproduction of an audio or video signal (see 1signal 4b) caused by change in the wave form of the original signal

distortional

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Examples of distortion in a sentence

  1. a distortion of the car chassis resulting from collision

Origin and Etymology of distortion

see distort


First Known Use: 1581

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DISTORTION Defined for Kids

distortion

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noun dis·tor·tion \di-ˈstȯr-shən\

Definition of distortion for Students

  1. :  the act of twisting out of shape or making inaccurate :  the state of being twisted out of shape or made inaccurate a distortion of the facts a facial distortion


Medical Dictionary

distortion

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noun dis·tor·tion \dis-ˈtȯr-shən\

Medical Definition of distortion

  1. 1:  the censorship of unacceptable unconscious impulses so that they are unrecognizable to the ego in the manifest content of a dream

  2. 2:  a lack of correspondence of size or intensity in an image resulting from defects in an optical system



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