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distortion


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Distortion  \Dis*tor"tion\,  n.  [L.  distortio:  cf  F.  distortion.] 
  1.  The  act  of  distorting,  or  twisting  out  of  natural  or 
  regular  shape;  a  twisting  or  writhing  motion;  as  the 
  distortions  of  the  face  or  body. 
 
  2.  A  wresting  from  the  true  meaning.  --Bp.  Wren. 
 
  3.  The  state  of  being  distorted,  or  twisted  out  of  shape  or 
  out  of  true  position;  crookedness;  perversion. 
 
  4.  (Med.)  An  unnatural  deviation  of  shape  or  position  of  any 
  part  of  the  body  producing  visible  deformity. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  distortion 
  n  1:  a  change  for  the  worse  [syn:  {deformation}] 
  2:  a  shape  resulting  from  distortion  [syn:  {distorted  shape}] 
  3:  an  optical  phenomenon  resulting  from  the  failure  of  a  lens 
  or  mirror  to  produce  a  good  image  [syn:  {aberration},  {optical 
  aberration}] 
  4:  the  act  of  distorting  something  so  it  seems  to  mean 
  something  it  was  not  intended  to  mean  [syn:  {overrefinement}, 
  {straining},  {torture},  {twisting}] 
  5:  the  mistake  of  misrepresenting  the  facts 




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