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.
v form into a spiral shape
cause to become untwisted
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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
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
form into a wreath
interlace to form wattle
weave together into a fabric or design
twist or braid together, interlace
interlace the shoots of
variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
interweave with tinsel
form or weave into a braid or braids
knot, ravel, tangle
tangle or complicate
join by interweaving strands