• WordNet 3.6
    • v distort alter the shape of (something) by stress "His body was deformed by leprosy"
    • v distort make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
    • v distort affect as in thought or feeling "My personal feelings color my judgment in this case","The sadness tinged his life"
    • v distort form into a spiral shape "The cord is all twisted"
    • v distort twist and press out of shape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Distort Distorted; misshapen. "Her face was ugly and her mouth distort ."
    • Distort To force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist aside mentally or morally. "Wrath and malice, envy and revenge, do darken and distort the understandings of men."
    • Distort To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body. "Whose face was distorted with pain."
    • Distort To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort passages of Scripture, or their meaning.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • distort To twist or wrest out of shape; alter the shape of; change from the proper to an improper or unnatural shape; represent by an image having a shape somewhat different from nature.
    • distort Hence—2. To turn away or pervert; cause to give or to receive erroneous views or impressions; mislead; bias.
    • distort To wrest from the true meaning; pervert the truth regarding; misrepresent.
    • distort Synonyms and To contort, deform, bend.
    • distort To misapply, misuse.
    • distort Twisted out of shape; distorted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Distort dis-tort′ to turn a different way: to force out of the natural or regular shape or direction: to turn aside from the true meaning: to pervert: to misrepresent
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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. distortus, p. p. of distorquere, to twist, distort; dis-, + torquere, to twist. See Torsion
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dis, asunder, torquēre, tortum, to twist.


In literature:

With all the trees warped or distorted, the effect of timber-line is weird and strange.
"Wild Life on the Rockies" by Enos A. Mills
Soon the sea-serpent was a distorted, creeping mass.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
As I gained my feet the therns lowered their wicked rifles, their faces distorted in mingled chagrin, consternation, and alarm.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
It was a distorted and twisted face, and its one eye was closed.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
A soft rubber tire will be distorted considerably by a brick road surface.
"American Rural Highways" by T. R. Agg
This is the man who has told you that your fate only exists in distorted fancy.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
We know what are the cases in which men in general are inclined to alter or distort facts.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
Their father's distorted features fascinated yet horrified them.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
This causes expansion and consequent distortion and buckling.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte
For it was the visage of Lucius Tode, and on those huge and distorted features was something that looked like a diabolical smile.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various

In poetry:

Distorted was that blooming face,
Which she had fondly loved so long;
And stifled was that tuneful breath,
Which in her praise had sweetly sung:
"Jemmy Dawson" by William Shenstone
They made a pile of their trophies
High as a tall man's chin,
Head upon head distorted,
Set in a sightless grin,
Anger and pain and terror
Stamped on the smoke-scorched skin.
"The Grave of the Hundred Heads" by Rudyard Kipling
Supply of freaks: Crawling, flitting sights'
Ill-fitting heads, whose squints and leers distort
Their teeming faces, glint-eyed with delight,
Crowding in around him for their sport.
"The Temptation Of St. Anthony" by Rainer Maria Rilke
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
Thus Science distorted, and torn into hits,
Art tortured, and frightened half out of her wits,
In portions and patches, some light and some shady,
Are stitched up together, to make a young lady.
"Accomplishment" by Jane Taylor
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

In news:

And it'd be a completely unnecessary distortion of your regular reading experience.
Picture a scenario where political considerations do not distort debate on requiring voters to show photo identification.
"This distortion free technology combined with a MB Quart digital LCD yields the brightest TV and Mirror combo available today," adds Brian Walter, MB Quart 's director of sales.
6th International Quenching and Distortion Conference.
How the 50-year-old campaign against Silent Spring still distorts environmental debates.
Including things that distort the music, leave an audience puzzled and waste the talents of her pianist.
Quality, distortion-free audio with seriously powerful bass.
LOW INTERMODULATION distortion (IMD) is key to newer wireless systems like WiMAX.
I expected a Blonde Redhead performance to be something like the apocalypse: full of improvisation, mad drumming, and guitar distortion.
An Architect's Fear That Preservation Distorts.
Quality audio performance with no distortion at top volumes.
Powdery mildew appears as superficial, white powdery growth on leaves and shoots that results in the stunting and distortion of young growth.
New Orleans Fringe Festival, Social Distortion, Welcome Back Skeeter and more Wednesday picks.
Surging pump prices in five Midwestern states may be distorting the picture.
Rove-founded group again blanketing airwaves with falsehoods, distortions, and sleaze .

In science:

If, however, UGC 12695 has recently tidally interacted with UGC 12687, as discussed below, the perceived inclination may be overestimated in that UGC 12695 may have been distorted (and ‘flattened’) by the interaction (e.g. see Figure 2 of Mihos, et.al., 1997).
Star Formation and Tidal Encounters with the Low Surface Brightness Galaxy UGC 12695 and Companions
Al l the curves coincide with the GOE spacing distribution distorted by the semicircle law, drawn with a solid curve.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
But when p becomes of order 1/N , the distribution gets strongly distorted.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
These properties, however, may appear distorted when phenomena extended to very large domains of space-time, larger than N, are cosidered.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
On the other hand, the detectors may be located in such domains of space-time, where this incongruence is already significant2 and, therefore, the properties of the photons may turned out distorted as described in the parameter space of the source.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity