distortion

noun
dis·​tor·​tion | \ di-ˈstȯr-shən How to pronounce distortion (audio) \

Definition of distortion

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

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Other Words from distortion

distortional \ di-​ˈstȯr-​shnəl How to pronounce distortional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of distortion in a Sentence

a distortion of the car chassis resulting from collision

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The fundamental frequency and harmonics are far less well defined, which indicates audio distortion and a much rougher tone to the sound. Jeff Kao And Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Methodology: How We Tested an Aggression Detection Algorithm," 25 June 2019 The handsome lighting models and per-object motion blur from Quantum Break are back for this newer game, as well, only with even more tantalizing distortion and color trickery. Sam Machkovech And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "The best games, demos, and tech of E3 2019," 14 June 2019 On the investor side, the Fed’s suppression of interest rates for the last decade has led to profound distortions in the securities markets. Robert Pozen, Fortune, "Why the Fed Lowering Interest Rates Would Be a Mistake," 29 July 2019 Keep in mind that drift from spray products used on plants on hot or windy days may result in plant injury to your own plants or your neighbors’. Plants may experience distortion, cupping, twisting or death. Betty Cahill, The Denver Post, "How to get bad insects out of your garden, from Japanese beetles to spider mites," 24 June 2019 The answer is to eliminate that distortion, not to add a new one for renters. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cory Booker Wants to Pay Your Rent," 12 June 2019 Among the issues surrounding this instrument is the risk of pricing distortion, fueled by China’s short history of bond defaults and a lack of data on recovery rates. Bloomberg.com, "A Near Default in China Gives Bond Hedging Sellers Jitters," 3 June 2019 Pros: Clean sound, no distortion, solid build, comfortable, nice case, inexpensive. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Tech review: Simgot in-ear monitors offer great sound and a great price," 13 Apr. 2019 The Whirlpool galaxy is really two galaxies that are pulling on each other, causing distortion through gravity. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Dazzling new views of the Whirlpool galaxy captured by NASA," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of distortion

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for distortion

see distort

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distortion

noun
dis·​tor·​tion | \ di-ˈstȯr-shən How to pronounce distortion (audio) \

Kids Definition of distortion

: 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

distortion

noun
dis·​tor·​tion | \ dis-ˈtȯr-shən How to pronounce distortion (audio) \

Medical Definition of distortion

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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