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Borrowed from Latin distortio, distortionis, from distortus.



distortion (countable and uncountable, plural distortions)

  1. An act of distorting.
  2. A result of distorting.
  3. A misrepresentation of the truth.
    The story he told was a bit of a distortion.
  4. Noise or other artifacts caused in the electronic reproduction of sound or music.
    This recording sounds awful due to the distortion.
  5. An effect used in music, most commonly on guitars in rock or metal.
  6. (optics) an aberration that causes magnification to change over the field of view.

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