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Definition of "distortion" []

  • The act or an instance of distorting. (noun)
  • The condition of being distorted. (noun)
  • A statement that twists fact; a misrepresentation. (noun)
  • A change in the shape of an image resulting from imperfections in an optical system, such as a lens. (noun)
  • Electronics An undesired change in the waveform of a signal. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "distortion" in a sentence
  • "I use the term distortion in relation to my personal observations, for I resided in the Canal Zone from 1967-1970."
  • "The second long-term distortion is similar to the first."
  • "Mkapa blamed the media for what he described as distortion of facts, saying: "It is discouraging to see that the media and the international community are bent on distorting the whole issue.""