Definition of distortion in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈstôrSH(ə)n/


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.
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  • 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: /dəˈstôrSH(ə)n(ə)l/
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  • 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/
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  • 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.

Words that rhyme with distortion

abortion, apportion, caution, contortion, extortion, portion, proportion, retortion, torsion

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Syllabification: dis·tor·tion

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