distorted; distorting; distorts

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. verb
    twist and press out of shape
    synonyms: contort, deform, wring
    wrench, wring
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
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    change shape as via computer animation
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    twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  2. verb
    alter the shape of (something) by stress
    synonyms: deform, strain
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    distort adversely
    type of:
    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  3. verb
    form into a spiral shape
    synonyms: twine, twist
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    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
    work natural fibers into a thread
    interweave, weave
    interlace by or as if by weaving
    change shape as via computer animation
    weave into plaits
    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
    interlace to form wattle
    weave together into a fabric or design
    raddle, ruddle
    twist or braid together, interlace
    plash, pleach
    interlace the shoots of
    variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
    interweave with tinsel
    braid, pleach
    form or weave into a braid or braids
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    join by interweaving strands
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    change form, change shape, deform
    assume a different shape or form
  4. verb
    affect as in thought or feeling
    synonyms: color, colour, tinge
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    affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
    have an effect upon
  5. verb
    make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
    synonyms: falsify, garble, warp
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    mangle, murder, mutilate
    alter so as to make unrecognizable
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    belie, misrepresent
    represent falsely
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