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distort

[dih-stawrt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to twist awry or out of shape; make crooked or deformed: Arthritis had distorted his fingers.
  2. to give a false, perverted, or disproportionate meaning to; misrepresent: to distort the facts.
  3. 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.
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Origin of distort

1580–90; < Latin distortus (past participle of distorquēre to distort), equivalent to dis- dis-1 + tor(qu)- (stem of torquēre to twist) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsdis·tort·er, noundis·tor·tive, adjectivenon·dis·tort·ing, adjectivenon·dis·tort·ing·ly, adverbnon·dis·tor·tive, adjectiveo·ver·dis·tort, verb (used with object)un·dis·tort·ing, adjective

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Related Words for distort

pervert, misinterpret, disfigure, warp, twist, belie, misconstrue, deceive, misrepresent, mangle, alter, scam, color, whitewash, sag, bias, bend, fake, decline, angle

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British Dictionary definitions for distort

distort

verb (tr)
  1. (often passive) to twist or pull out of shape; make bent or misshapen; contort; deform
  2. to alter or misrepresent (facts, motives, etc)
  3. electronics to reproduce or amplify (a signal) inaccurately, changing the shape of the waveform
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Derived Formsdistorted, adjectivedistortedly, adverbdistortedness, noundistorter, noundistortive, adjective

Word Origin for distort

C16: from Latin distortus misshapen, from distorquēre to turn different ways, from dis- 1 + torquēre to twist
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Word Origin and History for distort

v.

1580s, from Latin distortus, past participle of distorquere "to twist different ways, distort," from dis- "completely" + torquere "to twist" (see thwart). Related: Distorted; distorting.

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