- to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers.
- to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to; misrepresent: to distort the facts.
- Electronics. to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately by changing the frequencies or unequally changing the delay or amplitude of the components of the output wave.
Origin of distort
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Examples from the Web for distort
And would-be collectors like Henry Stephenson continue to distort the cultural record in their hunt for hidden treasures.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
Saying a word in a different tone can distort or utterly mangle a line.Why Won’t Hong Kong Get Down With Hip-Hop?
June 10, 2014
Or, they could distort the contents of the bill and attack anyone who disagreed with them as a legal Luddite and hysteric.Are Opponents of Arizona's Anti-Gay Law Eager to Deceive?
March 3, 2014
I have witnessed at first hand how Irving likes to distort things.The Fascist Historian and Me
January 12, 2014
So serious is this heat that it can distort a major APUS engine component, the rotor shaft, and cause significant damage.Planes in Flames: Why Does It Keep Happening?
July 15, 2013
He will not steal it, nor distort it with his supernatural chisels, nor make fun of it.Death of a Spaceman
Walter M. Miller
"Yes, they have done their best to distort it," sighed Mendelssohn.Dreamers of the Ghetto
The mirage in Mesopotamia does not so much hide as distort the truth.With a Highland Regiment in Mesopotamia
One of its Officer
But fashion and the absence of models cramp and distort his work.A History of English Literature
If to this we add the idea of the subject, which has consciousness, we distort the event.The Mind and the Brain</p>
- (often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
- to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
- electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform
Word Origin and History for distort
1580s, from Latin distortus, past participle of distorquere "to twist different ways, distort," from dis- "completely" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Distorted; distorting.