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Pronunciation:  di'storshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
  2. [n]  the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  3. [n]  a change for the worse
  4. [n]  an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
  5. [n]  a shape resulting from distortion

DISTORTION is a 10 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: aberration, deformation, distorted shape, optical aberration, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting
 See Also: buckle, chromatic aberration, contortion, crookedness, damage, error, falsification, fault, form, gnarl, harm, impairment, knot, misrepresentaation, mistake, optical phenomenon, shape, spherical aberration, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness, warp, warp, warping



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis*tor"tion\, n. [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.]
1. The act of distorting, or twisting out of natural or
   regular shape; a twisting or writhing motion; as, the
   distortions of the face or body.

2. A wresting from the true meaning. --Bp. Wren.

3. The state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or
   out of true position; crookedness; perversion.

4. (Med.) An unnatural deviation of shape or position of any
   part of the body producing visible deformity.

Video Dictionary
 Definition: In video, distortion usually refers to changes in the luminance or chrominance portions of a signal. It may contort the picture and produce improper contrast, faulty luminance levels, twisted images, erroneous colors and snow. In audio, distortion refers to any undesired changes in the waveform of a signal caused by the introduction of spurious elements. The most common audio distortions are harmonic distortion, intermodulation distortion, crossover distortion, transient distortion and phase distortion.
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