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English noun: distortion

1. distortion (event) a change for the worse


Broader (hypernym)damage, harm, impairment

Narrower (hyponym)warp, warping

2. distortion (shape) a shape resulting from distortion

Synonymsdistorted shape

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)buckle, contortion, crookedness, gnarl, knot, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness, warp

3. distortion (phenomenon) an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image

Synonymsaberration, optical aberration

Broader (hypernym)optical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)chromatic aberration, spherical aberration

4. distortion (phenomenon) 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)

SamplesHeavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion.

Broader (hypernym)acoustic phenomenon, electrical phenomenon

Narrower (hyponym)amplitude distortion, nonlinear distortion

5. distortion (act) the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean

Synonymsoverrefinement, straining, torture, twisting

Broader (hypernym)falsification, misrepresentation

6. distortion (act) the mistake of misrepresenting the facts

Broader (hypernym)error, fault, mistake

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