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Syllabification: dis·tor·tion
Pronunciation: /dəˈstôrSH(ə)n

Definition of distortion in English:


1The action of distorting or the state of being distorted: the virus causes distortion of the leaves deliberate distortions of pitch and timbre
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  • Circuit bandwidth reduction, attenuation distortion, non-linear distortion and noise also can lower the values.
  • A fast pixel response helps eliminate ‘ghosting’ and distortion often seen on LCD monitors with slower response times.
  • There is no curvature, thus distortion is eliminated.
1.1A distorted form or part: a distortion in the eye’s shape or structure
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  • From the mid-1880s he began to use violent colour and linear distortions to express the most elemental emotions of fear, love, and hatred.
  • Henderson was a master of playful and sinister distortions, cleverly achieved in the darkroom.
  • Equally, Shakespeare's distortions of history, to which Miles occasionally refers, are, in and of themselves, important.
2The action of giving a misleading account or impression: we’re tired of the media’s continuing distortion of our issues
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  • I have to give a speech next week on media deceit and distortion, and when I saw this very same paper I thought, great!
  • Falsehood and distortion are their stock and trade.
  • It is hard to imagine carelessness, incompetence, prejudice, distortion, falsehood and unfairness being put to better use.
3Change in the form of an electrical signal or sound wave during processing.
Example sentences
  • The head-end BDA is a high gain amplifier with very low distortion characteristics.
  • Even in clear skies, however, atmospheric distortion is a challenge.
  • For example, distortion of sound is related to the length of the sound.



Pronunciation: /-ˈtôrSHənl/
Example sentences
  • These locations correspond to the damage zones where our numerical models predict elevated distortional strain energy densities.
  • Du & Aydin used distortional strain energy density to create the first models of deformation band propagation in mode II.
  • Love investigated the possibility of the propagation of a purely distortional surface wave..


Pronunciation: /-ˈtôrSHənləs/
Example sentences
  • In a distortionless transmission the amplitude response is constant and the phase response is linear.
  • The conditions for a distortionless transmission are examined, giving attention to various factors which can lead to distortions of the signal.

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