Definition of distort in English:

distort

Syllabification: dis·tort
Pronunciation: /disˈtôrt
 
/

verb

[with object]
  • 1Pull or twist out of shape: a grimace distorted her fine mouth
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    • Her face was distorted with agony, and small squeaks erupted from her mouth.
    • Their faces were distorted with fear and anguish.
    • His face was distorted with tension, sweat dripping from his temples to the tiny cheap pin on his shirt: manager.
    Synonyms
    twisted, warped, contorted, buckled, deformed, malformed, misshapen, disfigured, dysmorphic, crooked, awry, out of shape
  • 1.1 [no object] Become twisted out of shape: the pipe will distort as you bend it
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    • The shadows warped and distorted as a humanoid shape detached itself.
    • It was gnarled like a tree branch, twisting and distorting in places.
    • It twisted in sickening slow motion, distorting out of shape.
  • 2Give a misleading or false account or impression of: many factors can distort the results
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    • Many investors now distrust pension accounting because it distorts reported earnings.
    • In addition, the probability of the results being distorted by confounding factors has not been adequately addressed.
    • The nature of adulation does not distort his impression of reality.
    Synonyms
    misrepresented, perverted, twisted, falsified, misreported, misstated, garbled, inaccurate; biased, prejudiced, slanted, colored, loaded, weighted, altered, changed
  • 3Change the form of (an electrical signal or sound wave) during transmission, amplification, or other processing: you’re distorting the sound by overdriving the amp
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    • Heat made the air thick - it must be distorting the sound waves, slowing them down.
    • These air pockets can distort the sound waves and produce an unclear image.
    • She screams at him until the volume of her voice is distorting the phone signal and he cannot comprehend a word she says.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'twist to one side'): from Latin distort- 'twisted apart', from the verb distorquere, from dis- 'apart' + torquere 'to twist'.

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