- The definition of a distortion is something that has been presented in a way that makes it look different from the truth or in a way that makes it look different from normal.
A skewed and false retelling of events is an example of a distortion.
distortion definition by Webster's New World
- a distorting or being distorted
- anything distorted
Origin: Classical Latin distortio
- distortional adjective
distortion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act or an instance of distorting.b. The condition of being distorted.
- A statement that twists fact; a misrepresentation.
- A change in the shape of an image resulting from imperfections in an optical system, such as a lens.
- Electronics a. An undesired change in the waveform of a signal.b. A consequence of such a change, especially a lack of fidelity in reception or reproduction.
- Psychology The modification of unconscious impulses into forms acceptable by conscious or dreaming perception.
- dis·torˈtion·al, dis·torˈtion·arˌy adjective
distortion - Computer Definition
The presence of undesired changes in some attribute of a waveform. Distortion is a type of noise that typically occurs in an amplifier, repeater, or transducer. Distortion commonly manifests as a nonlinear relationship between an input waveform and an output waveform, a non-uniform frequency shift, or a phase shift not proportional to the frequency. See also noise.
distortion - Medical Definition
- A twisting out of normal shape or form.
- A psychological defense mechanism that helps to repress or disguise unacceptable thoughts.
- Parataxic distortion.
- distortional, dis·torˈtion·arˌy adjective