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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At Chess, engineer Ron Malo understood the virtues of distortion and funkiness thanks to countless sessions with the likes of Wolf, Diddley and Waters. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "The Rolling Stones just can't shake the Chicago blues," 13 June 2019 By all means, call out online distortions and lies, but deliberately exposing low-level political advocates to personal destruction is shabby and irresponsible, and more an act of political retaliation than journalism. Rich Lowry, National Review, "The Daily Beast’s Shabby Scoop," 4 June 2019 But a document cannot respond to Barr’s distortions and Trump’s lies. E.j. Dionne Jr., The Mercury News, "Dionne: Mueller report can’t speak for itself," 4 June 2019 It reimagined gravity as a warping of time and space — a distortion in the fabric of the universe. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, "How the 1919 Solar Eclipse Made Einstein the World's Most Famous Scientist," 24 May 2019 The most significant accounting distortion in each company’s filing comes from its treatment... Howard Schilit, WSJ, "Do Ride-Sharing Customers Sit in Front?," 28 Apr. 2019 This guitar takes distortion and other effects like delay, chorus, and reverb remarkably well, whereas a guitar that produces more harmonically rich tones when unaffected can get muddy. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The New Fender Strat Still Reigns Supreme," 27 Apr. 2017 In reality, the glitch is known as a compression artifact, a distortion that is common in video encoding. Matthew Haag, New York Times, "Sandy Hook Parents Sue Alex Jones for Defamation," 17 Apr. 2018 Now, as will be put on display at an motion graphics industry conference next month, the software can account for wide-ranging head and eye movements without much obvious distortion. Brian Resnick, Vox, "We’re underestimating the mind-warping potential of fake video," 23 July 2018

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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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The first known use of distortion was in 1581

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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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