distortion

A distortion is a change, twist, or exaggeration that makes something appear different from the way it really is. You can distort an image, a thought, or even an idea. To say that I never take out the garbage is a distortion of the facts.

The heat from the highway creates a distortion in the way objects in the distance appear: They wiggle and dance. The heat creates a wavy distortion in the air that shakes up the image of the things beyond it. Things are the way they are: to change them is to distort them or to create a distortion. Some guitar players prefer distortion: they plug their instrument into amps and pedals that twist and stretch the sound so much that you might not even recognize its source as a guitar.

DEFINITIONS OF: distortion

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n a shape resulting from distortion

Synonyms:
distorted shape
Types:
contortion, crookedness, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness
a tortuous and twisted shape or position
buckle, warp
a shape distorted by twisting or folding
gnarl, knot
something twisted and tight and swollen
Type of:
form, shape
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

n the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

Synonyms:
overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting
Type of:
falsification, misrepresentation
a willful perversion of facts

n a change for the worse

Synonyms:
deformation
Types:
warp, warping
a moral or mental distortion
Type of:
damage, harm, impairment
the occurrence of a change for the worse

n an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image

Synonyms:
aberration, optical aberration
Types:
chromatic aberration
an optical aberration in which the image has colored fringes
spherical aberration
an optical aberration resulting in a distorted image
Type of:
optical phenomenon
a physical phenomenon related to or involving light

n a change (usually undesired) in the waveform of an acoustic or analog electrical signal; the difference between two measurements of a signal (as between the input and output signal)

“heavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion
Types:
amplitude distortion, nonlinear distortion
distortion that occurs when the output signal does not have a linear relation to the input signal
Type of:
acoustic phenomenon
a physical phenomenon associated with the production or transmission of sound
electrical phenomenon
a physical phenomenon involving electricity

n the mistake of misrepresenting the facts

Type of:
error, fault, mistake
a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
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