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distortion

 
Noun distortion has 6 senses
  1. distortion, deformation - a change for the worse
    --1 is a kind of damage, harm, impairment
    --1 has particulars: warp, warping
  2. distorted shape, distortion - a shape resulting from distortion
    --2 is a kind of shape, form
    --2 has particulars:
     tortuosity, tortuousness, torsion, contortion, crookedness; warp, buckle; knot, gnarl
    Derived forms: verb distort2, verb distort3
  3. aberration, distortion, optical aberration - an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
    --3 is a kind of optical phenomenon
    --3 has particulars: chromatic aberration; spherical aberration
  4. distortion - 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); "heavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion"
    --4 is a kind of
    electrical phenomenon; acoustic phenomenon
    --4 has particulars: nonlinear distortion, amplitude distortion
    Derived form: verb distort1
  5. distortion, overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting - the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
    --5 is a kind of falsification, misrepresentaation
    Derived form: verb distort1
  6. distortion - the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
    --6 is a kind of
    mistake, error, fault
    Derived form: verb distort1
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