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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distort  \Dis*tort"\,  a.  [L.  distortus  p.  p.  of  distorquere  to 
  twist,  distort;  dis-  +  torquere  to  twist.  See  {Torsion}.] 
  Distorted;  misshapen.  [Obs.] 
 
  Her  face  was  ugly  and  her  mouth  distort.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distort  \Dis*tort"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Distorted};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Distorting}.] 
  1.  To  twist  of  natural  or  regular  shape;  to  twist  aside 
  physically;  as  to  distort  the  limbs,  or  the  body. 
 
  Whose  face  was  distorted  with  pain.  --Thackeray. 
 
  2.  To  force  or  put  out  of  the  true  posture  or  direction;  to 
  twist  aside  mentally  or  morally. 
 
  Wrath  and  malice,  envy  and  revenge,  do  darken  and 
  distort  the  understandings  of  men.  --Tillotson. 
 
  3.  To  wrest  from  the  true  meaning;  to  pervert;  as  to  distort 
  passages  of  Scripture,  or  their  meaning. 
 
  Syn:  To  twist;  wrest;  deform;  pervert. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  distort 
  v  1:  make  false  by  mutilation  or  addition;  as  of  a  message  or 
  story  [syn:  {falsify},  {garble},  {warp}] 
  2:  form  into  a  spiral  shape;  "The  cord  is  all  twisted"  [syn:  {twist}] 
  [ant:  {untwist}] 
  3:  twist  and  press  out  of  shape  [syn:  {contort},  {deform},  {wring}] 
  4:  distort;  "My  personal  feelings  color  my  judgment  in  this 
  case"  [syn:  {color}] 
  5:  alter  the  shape  of  something  by  stress;  "His  body  was 
  deformed  by  leprosy"  [syn:  {deform},  {strain}] 
  6:  spoil  the  appearance  of  "The  vandals  disfigured  the  statue" 
  [syn:  {disfigure}] 




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