distortion

noun

dis·​tor·​tion di-ˈstȯr-shən How to pronounce distortion (audio)
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
: the quality or state of being distorted : a product of distorting: such as
a
physics : a lack of proportionality in an image resulting from defects in the optical system
an image free of distortion
b
: falsified reproduction of an audio or video signal (see signal entry 1 sense 4b) caused by change in the wave form of the original signal
distortional
di-ˈstȯr-shnəl How to pronounce distortion (audio)
-shə-nᵊl
adjective

Examples of distortion in a Sentence

had to total the car due to a distortion of the chassis resulting from collision
Recent Examples on the Web Since the late 1990s, Wool has used erasure, obfuscation, shifts in scale, distortion, and collage to generate new imagery from preexisting works, circling back while tumbling forward. Chris Murtha, ARTnews.com, 3 July 2024 Biden missed chance after chance to push back against former President Trump’s distortions on immigration, the economy, the opioid crisis and even his own health. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2024 At Prager, this confluence of rage and reality distortion starts at the very top and trickles down. Pat Beall, Orlando Sentinel, 16 June 2024 In this case a solid computation engine would need to be added to adjust displayed image along the edges in a way that takes out physical image distortion with the adjusted image. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 31 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for distortion 

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Word History

Etymology

see distort

First Known Use

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of distortion was in 1581

Dictionary Entries Near distortion

Cite this Entry

“Distortion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distortion. Accessed 12 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

distortion

noun
dis·​tor·​tion dis-ˈtȯr-shən How to pronounce distortion (audio)
1
: the act of distorting
2
: the condition of being distorted or a product of distortion
distortional
-shnəl How to pronounce distortion (audio)
-shən-ᵊl
adjective

Medical Definition

distortion

noun
dis·​tor·​tion dis-ˈtȯr-shən How to pronounce distortion (audio)
1
: the censorship of unacceptable unconscious impulses so that they are unrecognizable to the ego in the manifest content of a dream
2
: a lack of correspondence of size or intensity in an image resulting from defects in an optical system

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