• WordNet 3.6
    • n distortion the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
    • n distortion the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
    • n distortion a change for the worse
    • n distortion an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
    • n distortion 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"
    • n distortion a shape resulting from distortion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Distortion A wresting from the true meaning.
    • Distortion (Med) An unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity.
    • Distortion 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.
    • Distortion The state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n distortion The act of distorting. A forcible alteration of the shape of a body by twisting or wresting; the change of any shape from the proper or natural one to an improper or unnatural one; the representation of a visible object by an image of an altered shape.
    • n distortion In mathematics, any change of shape not involving a breach of continuity. But a mere alteration of size in the same ratio in all directions is not considered to be a distortion.
    • n distortion A twisting or writhing motion: as, the facial distortions of a sufferer.
    • n distortion The state of being twisted out of shape; a deviation from the natural or regular shape or position; an unnatural direction of parts, from whatever cause.
    • n distortion A perversion of the true meaning or intent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Distortion a twisting out of regular shape: crookedness: perversion
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  • Rainer Maria Rilke
    “All emotions are pure which gather you and lift you up; that emotion is impure which seizes only one side of your being and so distorts you.”
  • Carl Rogers
    Carl Rogers
    “In a person who is open to experience each stimulus is freely relayed through the nervous system, without being distorted by any process of defensiveness.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.”
  • Virginia Woolf
    “Inevitably we look upon society, so kind to you, so harsh to us, as an ill-fitting form that distorts the truth; deforms the mind; fetters the will.”
  • John Bradshaw
    John Bradshaw
    “It's essential to tell the truth at all times. This will reduce life's pain. Lying distorts reality. All forms of distorted thinking must be corrected.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. distortio,: cf. F. distortion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dis, asunder, torquēre, tortum, to twist.


In literature:

A man tells a true story to-day, in the hearing of one who has this distorting power, an essentially untrue soul.
"Continental Monthly, Volume 5, Issue 4" by Various
Suddenly, without a moment's warning, her own life rose up before her, distorted, horrible, unendurable.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
When you finish distorting facts for his consumption I'd like a word with him.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
The greater the molecular distortion produced by the stimulus, the greater is the electric variation produced.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
This third principle does not tend to "spoil" the child, or repress its affection, or distort any of the finer impulses of its spiritual nature.
"Heart and Soul" by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
Then the distorted sense of honor got in its work again.
"Branded" by Francis Lynde
His clicking answer seemed distorted, too, almost as if the fog had altered not only his form but his personality.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
Suddenly the room door was burst open, and a man rushed in furious, with distorted face and streaming hair.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Anger makes the blood rush to the head, weakens the body, and distorts the vision.
"Evening Round Up" by William Crosbie Hunter
But the colors were distorted, and their forms were peculiar.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell

In poetry:

Friend Hapsburg is troubled with dimness of sight,
The beams in his eye we behold with affright;
There is Poland, and Venice, and Hungary too,
Obscuring, distorting each object in view.
"William of Prussia: The Aggressor" by Janet Hamilton
A few fine lines, at random drawn,
Like the shell-pattern wrought in lawn
To hasty glance will seem.
My trivial faults base slander's slime
Distorted into foulest crime,
And men me worthless deem.
"A Eunuch Complains Of His Fate" by Confucius
On a part of the field where the conflict was fiercest,
‘Mong the debris of strife and the heaps of the slain.
Lies a young Northern boy who is wounded and dying -
His frank handsome face is distorted in pain!
"The Color Bearer's Last Words" by Joseph Warren Watson
A helpless paralytic met my eyes,
Whose hands might never grasp a friendly hand,
But hung distorted and of shrunken size,
Insensible to muscular command;
His face an abject picture of despair;
I thought a fate like that was worst to bear.
"Life's Undercurrent." by Alfred Castner King
A great crowd had gathered to search for the missing dead,
And many strong men broke down because their heart with pity bled,
As they looked upon the distorted faces of their relatives dear,
While adown their cheeks flowed many a silent tear.
"The Albion Battleship Calamity" by William Topaz McGonagall
Who covets fame should ne'er be over nice,
Some slight distortion pays the market price.
If haply lam'd by some propitious chance,
Instruct in attitude, or teach to dance;
Be still extravagant in deed, or word;
If new, enough, no matter how absurd.
"Eccentricity" by Washington Allston

In news:

Distorted Humor to Stand for $300,000.
Distorted Humor now shares top honors with fellow stallions.
Another look at 'Uncle Tom' - beyond today's distorted perception.
History of schooling distorted .
Distorted Humor's Fee Upped to $150,000.
Distorted Humor, who stands at Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt's WinStar Farm near Versailles, Ky. Is the newest member of the six-figure club.
EPA Distorted Mercury Analysis, GAO Says.
O'Neill: 'Frenzy' distorted war plans account.
That the lunatic fringe of the ultra-orthodox distort the ethical humanism of all that is noblest in the Zionist dream is not enough.
The Distortion of Dogma .
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors.
Does not distort at high volumes.
Sweeping Overview Suggests Suppression of Negative Data Has Distorted View of Drugs.
Their influence goes from Roger Miller and Buck Owens to Social Distortion with everything else they hear on top.
Now that I'm out of Steve Jobs' famous reality distortion field, I have a few questions about the iPhone 3G announcement.

In science:

The amplitude of these distortions is rather large, corresponding to a thermal distortion amplitude for a temperature of several hundred degrees Kelvin .
Different doping from apical and planar oxygen vacancies in Ba$_{2}$CuO$_{4-\delta}$ and La$_{2}$CuO$_{4-\delta}$
Rather than the raw distortion, we have plotted the distortion order parameter ±(−1)nδn (with the sign being chosen so that a short bond at the chain end is positive) so that the deviation from uniform distortion is more apparent.
Relaxed Excited State Geometries in a Peierls-Hubbard Model for Polyenes
The random pinning induces continuous, elastic distortions of the ordered state and it may also induce plastic deformation due to topological defects, such as dislocations, which do not represent continuous distortions of the ideal ordered state.
Topological Defects in the Random-Field XY Model and the Pinned Vortex Lattice to Vortex Glass Transition in Type-II Superconductors
To study the distortion of leaves of F in such a setup, one need only study, for a typical leaf l of Λ+ say, how distorted the induced one–dimensional foliation F ∩ l is in l.
Distortion of leaves in product foliations
The geometric distortion pixel sizes are calculated via the Holtzman et al. (1995a) distortion correction equations; the 34th row error (noted by Shaklan, Sharman, & Pravdo 1995) is characterized by row heights calculated from data supplied by Ron Gilliland.
WFPC2 Stellar Photometry with HSTphot