distortion distortion  /dɪs ˈtɔr ʃən/


  1. (n) a change for the worse
  2. (n) a shape resulting from distortion
  3. (n) an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
  4. (n) 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)
  5. (n) the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
  6. (n) the mistake of misrepresenting the facts


  1. The resulting sound is much clearer and less susceptible to all sorts of distortion.
  2. The press began talking to itself about the distortion.
  3. Hyperbole and distortion certainly exist on the left, but they are a minor chord in the Democratic Party.


  1. Disney Research creates techniques for high quality, high resolution stereo panoramas

    ( Disney Research ) Stereoscopic panoramas promise an inviting, immersive experience for viewers but, at high resolutions, distortions can develop that make viewing unpleasant or even intolerable. A team at Disney Research Zurich has found methods to correct these problems, yielding high-quality panoramas at megapixel resolutions.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

  2. McCaskill: 'Guardian has an agenda'

    She says there has been "distortion" in reporting.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Politico

  3. Miniature IR-Corrected Lenses deliver 2 MP image quality.

    Built with glass optics and anodized aluminum housings, 2.9 mm V-4702.9-2MP-VIS-IR and 4.0 mm V-4704.0-2MP-VIS-IR provide fixed focus position throughout Near UV (400 nm), Vis, and NIR (1,000 nm) ranges for day/night imaging applications as well as any application where several light sources are present. Both lenses feature M12 mount and offer 2 MP image quality, sharp focus, and low distortion ...
    on June 19, 2013     Source: ThomasNet


  1. Neelie Kroes, the European Union's antitrust chief, said a broad look at how the government plans to save Northern Rock was merited given the turmoil in financial markets, the sizable aid mobilized to save the bank "and the risks of distortion of...
    on Apr 2, 2008 By: Neelie Kroes Source: CNN International

  2. "If it's the continuation of LDP and New Komei coalition rule, whoever becomes the prime minister doesn't make any difference," Ozawa said. "They are the ones that caused social disparity and distortion. We want to bring an end to such...
    on Sep 25, 2007 By: Ichiro Ozawa Source: Forbes

  3. "We will turn the page on the old politics of misrepresenation and distortion," Kennedy yelled. "With Barack Obama we will close the books on the old politics of race against race gender against gender."
    on Jan 28, 2008 By: Edward Kennedy Source: guardian.co.uk

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