[ US /dɪˈstɔɹʃən/ ]
[ UK /dɪstˈɔːʃən/ ]
  1. a shape resulting from distortion
  2. a change (usually undesired) in the waveform of an acoustic or analog electrical signal; the difference between two measurements of a signal (as between the input and output signal)
    heavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion
  3. the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
  4. the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  5. a change for the worse
  6. an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
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How To Use distortion In A Sentence

  • Still, though, the head of the investigation said there was no evidence of deliberate distortion or what Lord Butler called culpable negligence. CNN Transcript Jul 17, 2004
  • His swearing, lasciviousness and blackly comedic distortion of the word ‘spastic’ was nothing that most British youths haven't heard or employed themselves.
  • But he said it was unclear whether the bulge indicated a jagged break in the wing or a mirage caused by atmospheric distortion.
  • He employed extremes in sonority and revels in distortions and interruptions, often through the ironic use of recognizable fragments from the everyday world. A Fierce Enthusiasm
  • The experiment shows that the algorithm can not only effectively reduce the code rate and the memory requirement but also provide low distortion in the reconstructed signals.
  • These involve both factual distortions and misrepresentations of the Geneva Convention on POWs.
  • The comments have provoked outrage, with politicians in France and Germany vocal in condemning what they termed a distortion of the scientific evidence that risked putting many more lives at risk in sub-Saharan Africa, where millions are living with the disease. Top stories from Times Online
  • Even with a wide-angle lens the camera can only show a 75 degree view - and that at the expense of extreme distortion at the edges.
  • The real challenge, then, is to be able to correct for distortion between the template and wafer.
  • HuffPost's Sam Stein writes, Unwilling or perhaps uneager to let go of last week's scuffle over Mitt Romney's controversial distortion of an old Barack Obama quote, the Democratic National Committee announced on Monday a major ad campaign attacking the former Massachusetts governor's character. HUFFPOST FUNDRACE - Obama Takes A Page From Bush, GOP Targets Obama Through TV Ads, Palin Dead Enders Want Her To Reconsider
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