noun Date: 1581 1. the act of distorting 2. the quality or state of being distorted ; a product of distorting: as a. a lack of proportionality in an image resulting from defects in the optical system b. falsified reproduction of an audio or video signal caused by change in the wave form of the original signal • distortional adjective

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  • Distortion — Dis*tor tion, n. [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.] 1. The act of distorting, or twisting out of natural or regular shape; a twisting or writhing motion; as, the distortions of the face or body. [1913 Webster] 2. A wresting from the true meaning …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Distortion — (lat./engl. für ‚Störung, Verzerrung‘) steht: in der Nachrichtentechnik die ungewünschte Verfälschung eines Signals durch einen Verstärker, siehe Verzerrung (Akustik) in der Musik ein Effektgerät, siehe Verzerrer Siehe auch: Verzerrung Distorsion …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Distortion — Distortion. См. Коробление. (Источник: «Металлы и сплавы. Справочник.» Под редакцией Ю.П. Солнцева; НПО Профессионал , НПО Мир и семья ; Санкт Петербург, 2003 г.) …   Словарь металлургических терминов

  • distortion — I noun anamorphosis, camouflage, caricature, contortion, convolution, deception, deformation, deformity, disguise, disparity, disproportion, dissemblance, dissimilarity, dissimilitude, distortio, embroidery, enlargement, exaggeration, expansion,… …   Law dictionary

  • distortion — 1580s, action of distorting, from L. distortionem (nom. distortio), noun of action from pp. stem of distorquere (see DISTORT (Cf. distort)). Figurative use (of words, etc.) from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • distortion — [n] deformity; falsification baloney*, bend, bias, BS*, buckle, coloring, contortion, crock, crookedness, exaggeration, intorsion, jazz*, jive*, lie, line, malconformation, malformation, misinterpretation, misrepresentation, misshape,… …   New thesaurus

  • distortion — [di stôr′shən] n. [L distortio] 1. a distorting or being distorted 2. anything distorted distortional adj …   English World dictionary

  • Distortion — This article is about technology, especially electrical engineering. For other uses, see Distortion (disambiguation). Distort redirects here. For other uses, see Distort (disambiguation). A distortion is the alteration of the original shape (or… …   Wikipedia

  • distortion — distortional, distortionary, adj. /di stawr sheuhn/, n. 1. an act or instance of distorting. 2. the state of being distorted or the relative degree or amount by which something is distorted or distorts. 3. anything that is distorted, as a sound,… …   Universalium

  • Distortion — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Irregularity of form. < N PARAG:Distortion >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 distortion distortion detortion contortion Sgm: N 1 twist twist crookedness &c.(obliquity) 217 Sgm: N 1 grimace grimace Sgm: N 1 deformity …   English dictionary for students

  • distortion — noun 1 change in shape/sound ADJECTIVE ▪ severe ▪ slight ▪ inevitable ▪ image VERB + DISTORTION ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

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