- To distort is defined as to change something or shape something in a way that changes it from the truth or from what it should be.
- An example of distort is when you take a quote out of context to make it seem like it has a different meaning from what the speaker really said.
- An example of distort is when you blow up a picture to a really huge size and the image changes as a result.
A rose distorted by the water.
- to twist out of shape; change the usual or normal shape, form, or appearance of
- to misrepresent; misstate; pervert: to distort the facts
- to modify (a wave, sound, signal, etc.) so as to produce an unfaithful reproduction
Origin of distort; from Classical Latin distortus, past participle of distorquere, distort ; from dis-, intensive + torquere, to twist: see tort
transitive verbdis·tort·ed, dis·tort·ing, dis·torts
- To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape: a reflection distorted in the moving water; a face distorted in misery.
- To cause to deviate from what is normal, reasonable, or accurate: “Though I knew how to translate exactly what she had told me, I realized that any translation would distort the deepest meaning of her message” (Richard Rodriguez).
- Electronics To cause distortion in (a signal or waveform, for example).
Origin of distortLatin distorquēre, distort- : dis-, apart; see dis– + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present distorts, present participle distorting, simple past and past participle distorted)
- To bring something out of shape.
- (intransitive, ergative) To become misshapen.
- To give a false or misleading account of
- In their articles, journalists sometimes distort the truth.
(comparative more distort, superlative most distort)
- (obsolete) distorted; misshapen
From Latin distortum, past participle of distorquēre (“to twist, torture, distort”)