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
Recent Examples on the Web Yes, on my wish list for the post-Trump Right is a rediscovery of manliness: the legitimate kind, not the distortion. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "‘Macho, macho man,’ &c.," 16 Nov. 2020 Trump's suggestion of voting fraud or impropriety is a gross distortion. Hope Yen, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's bogus claims about Biden win, vaccine," 15 Nov. 2020 Dolby Atmos speakers feature an exclusive tweeter (lol) that minimizes distortion for rich, clear, immersive sound. Carla Sosenko, Popular Science, "The best Amazon Black Friday deals: The best early deals and sales on Ring doorbells, iRobot vacuums, hair appliances, and more," 13 Nov. 2020 The HomePod Mini, though, provides more clarity, doesn’t feature distortion, delivers deep bass and gets a lot louder. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The $99 HomePod Mini is the smart speaker for Apple users looking for value," 12 Nov. 2020 According to Ngai, calling something a gimmick indicates our discomfort with capitalism’s sneaky distortion of the relationship between value, labor, and time. Merve Emre, The New Yorker, "Our Love-Hate Relationship with Gimmicks," 9 Nov. 2020 Known as parosmia, the often temporary distortion makes things smell different, and usually unpleasant, said Richard Doty, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Smell and Taste Center. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "When coffee smells like gasoline: COVID-19 isn’t just stealing senses — it may be warping them," 5 Nov. 2020 Known as parosmia, the often temporary odor distortion makes things smell different, and usually unpleasant, said Richard Doty, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Smell and Taste Center. Washington Post, "When coffee smells like gasoline: Covid isn’t just stealing senses — it may be warping them," 30 Oct. 2020 Of more than 4,000 respondents to a multilingual, international study of people with recent smell loss published in Chemical Senses in June, 7 percent reported parosmia, or odor distortion. Stephanie Feuer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smells," 21 Sep. 2020

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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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26 Nov 2020

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“Distortion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distortion. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for distortion

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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