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.verb
- 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.
- 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: < L distortus, pp. of distorquere, distort < dis-, intens. + torquere, to twist: see tort
- distorter noun
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transitive verb dis·tort·ed, dis·tort·ing, dis·torts
- To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape.
- To give a false or misleading account of; misrepresent.
- To cause to work in a twisted or disorderly manner; pervert.
Origin: Latin distorquēre, distort- : dis-, apart; see dis- + torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
- dis·tortˈer noun