- 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 distorting
But Colette sees a more serious problem with forgery, beyond the distorting effect forgery has on the art market.Why eBay Is an Art Forger’s Paradise
August 19, 2014
Americans for Prosperity (AFP), funded by the Koch Brothers, has multiple Pinocchios for its ads, mainly for distorting Obamacare.How Harry Reid Carpet-Bombed the South
May 18, 2014
His recent opus, “Distorting Russia,” will go down in history as one of the most slavish defenses of Putinism.How the ‘Realists’ Misjudged Ukraine
March 3, 2014
This film is still, in the end, a biopic and should have been careful of distorting what is already public knowledge.The Myth of Reality in ‘Lone Survivor’
January 19, 2014
The criticisms often rely on distorting the terms of the agreement.Head of D.C. Pro-Israel Think Tank Misrepresents Geneva Deal
November 27, 2013
See that all filling is firm but not packed in to the point of distorting the skin.Taxidermy
Leon Luther Pray
His eyes looked at me from behind the distorting negative lenses....Or Your Money Back
Gordon Randall Garrett
Why suppose that by distorting reality we get it in shape to affirm of reality?Studies in Logical Theory
They've been distorting the truth, and the truth is to his credit.The Grain Of Dust
David Graham Phillips
A hell of vapour, distorting sight; a hell of sound, drowning the soul.The Mystery of Choice
Robert William Chambers
- (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 distorting
1580s, from Latin distortus, past participle of distorquere "to twist different ways, distort," from dis- "completely" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Distorted; distorting.