distort

Distort means to twist out of shape. When you look at a tree through a twisting kaleidoscope, you distort its image, making its branches and leaves look wavy and misshapen.

Distort is a verb that means to change the shape of something. You can distort pretzel dough by twisting it into the shape of an "S" instead of a normal pretzel shape. You can also distort, or change, the meaning of something. When one distorts the truth, it might not be an out-and-out lie; it could just be an exaggeration — like telling your pals you caught a six-foot tuna when you actually landed a six-inch minnow.

DEFINITIONS OF: distort

1

v twist and press out of shape

Synonyms:
contort, deform, wring
wrench, wring
twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
wring
twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
Types:
morph
change shape as via computer animation
Type of:
twine, twist
form into a spiral shape

v alter the shape of (something) by stress

Synonyms:
deform, strain
Types:
jaundice
distort adversely
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v form into a spiral shape

Synonyms:
twine, twist
Antonyms:
untwist
cause to become untwisted
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wrench, wring
twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
contort, deform, wring
twist and press out of shape
entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
spin,wind, or twist together
spin
work natural fibers into a thread
interweave, weave
interlace by or as if by weaving
morph
change shape as via computer animation
plait
weave into plaits
felt
mat together and make felt-like
enmesh, ensnarl, mesh
entangle or catch in (or as if in) a mesh
wind, wreathe
form into a wreath
wattle
interlace to form wattle
inweave
weave together into a fabric or design
raddle, ruddle
twist or braid together, interlace
plash, pleach
interlace the shoots of
shoot
variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
tinsel
interweave with tinsel
braid, pleach
form or weave into a braid or braids
knot, ravel, tangle
tangle or complicate
splice
join by interweaving strands
Type of:
change form, change shape, deform
assume a different shape or form

v affect as in thought or feeling

Synonyms:
color, colour, tinge
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

v make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

Synonyms:
falsify, garble, warp
Types:
mangle, murder, mutilate
alter so as to make unrecognizable
Type of:
belie, misrepresent
represent falsely
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