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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Imaging is excellent as well, and distortion is low. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Guidemaster: The best gaming headsets for your console or gaming rig," 21 Aug. 2019 The new research, which was published Aug. 2 in the journal Science, confirms recent research showing that the galaxy is warped but also shows that the distortion is more pronounced than astronomers had suspected. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "The Milky Way is 'shaped like a Pringle,' best map of our galaxy shows," 5 Aug. 2019 An unnatural rate suggests a distortion either from the government or a market failure. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Are negative interest rates unusual, natural, or both?," 30 July 2019 In Britain’s property market, monetary-policy distortions are so great and the construction backlog so severe that it may not be fixed before millennials are well into middle age. The Economist, "Smashed like avocados: how young people are treated by their elders," 10 July 2019 The drawing, which covered two- thirds of a page of the New York Journal, was a gross distortion. John Maxwell Hamilton, National Geographic, "In a battle for readers, two media barons sparked a war in the 1890s," 16 Apr. 2019 The murals are intentionally painted with distortion to give a multidimensional effect. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Ponds of Brookfield ice rink is now home to 3D murals made by a world-renowned street artist," 13 Sep. 2019 The blame for defeat, and for the subsequent distortion and neglect of Poland’s story, lies elsewhere. The Economist, "Poland’s forgotten heroism and suffering," 5 Sep. 2019 Yes, fighter jets and prescription drugs are more expensive than ever, but that’s more because of government and market distortions than because the products are more expensive to make. Wired, "What Recession? Low Interest Rates Could Mean Tech-Fueled Growth," 4 Sep. 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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10 Oct 2019

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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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