- 1Pull or twist out of shape: a grimace distorted her fine mouthMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [no object] Become twisted out of shape: the pipe will distort as you bend itMore example sentences
- 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 resultsMore example sentences
misrepresent, pervert, twist, falsify, misreport, misstate, prejudice, manipulate, garble, take/quote out of context; slant, bias, skew, colour, put a spin on, spin; tamper with, tinker with, doctor, alter, changemisrepresented, perverted, twisted, falsified, misreported, misstated; garbled, inaccurate; biased, prejudiced, slanted, coloured, loaded, weighted; tampered with, tinkered with, doctored, altered, changed
- 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.
- 3Change the form of (an electrical signal or sound wave) during transmission, amplification, or other processing: you’re distorting the sound by overdriving the ampMore example sentences
- 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.
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'.