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Meaning of DISTORT

Pronunciation:  di'stort

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
  2. [v]  make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
  3. [v]  distort; "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case"
  4. [v]  form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted"
  5. [v]  twist and press out of shape

DISTORT is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: color, colour, deform, falsify, garble, strain, twine, twist, warp
 Antonyms: untwist
 See Also: belie, change form, change shape, contort, deform, distort, enlace, entangle, entwine, form, interlace, intertwine, interweave, jaundice, kink, lace, mangle, mat, misrepresent, morph, murder, mutilate, shape, snarl, spin, tangle, weave, wrench, wring



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*tort"\, a. [L. distortus, p. p. of distorquere to
    twist, distort; dis- + torquere to twist. See {Torsion}.]
    Distorted; misshapen. [Obs.]
          Her face was ugly and her mouth distort. --Spenser.
  2. \Dis*tort"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Distorted}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Distorting}.]
    1. To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside
       physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body.
             Whose face was distorted with pain.   --Thackeray.
    2. To force or put out of the true posture or direction; to
       twist aside mentally or morally.
             Wrath and malice, envy and revenge, do darken and
             distort the understandings of men.    --Tillotson.
    3. To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort
       passages of Scripture, or their meaning.
    Syn: To twist; wrest; deform; pervert.
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