- a distortion produced by a lens in which the magnification decreases toward the edge of the field.
Compare pincushion distortion.
Origin of barrel distortion
First recorded in 1885–90
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- photog distortion of an image produced by an optical system that causes straight lines at image margins to bulge outwards