Definition of Distort

1. Verb. Make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story.

Exact synonyms: Falsify, Garble, Warp
Specialized synonyms: Mangle, Murder, Mutilate
Generic synonyms: Belie, Misrepresent
Derivative terms: Distortion, Distortion, Distortion, Falsification, Falsifier, Falsity, Falsity, Warp, Warping

2. Verb. Form into a spiral shape. "The cord is all twisted"
Exact synonyms: Twine, Twist
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape, Deform
Specialized synonyms: Wrench, Wring, Contort, Deform, Wring, Entangle, Mat, Snarl, Tangle, Enlace, Entwine, Interlace, Intertwine, Lace, Twine, Spin, Interweave, Weave
Derivative terms: Distortion, Twist
Antonyms: Untwist

3. Verb. Twist and press out of shape.
Exact synonyms: Contort, Deform, Wring
Specialized synonyms: Morph
Generic synonyms: Twine, Twist
Related verbs: Wrench, Wring, Wring
Derivative terms: Contortion, Contortion, Deformation, Deformation, Distortion

4. Verb. Affect as in thought or feeling. "The sadness tinged his life"
Exact synonyms: Color, Colour, Tinge
Generic synonyms: Affect, Bear On, Bear Upon, Impact, Touch, Touch On

5. Verb. Alter the shape of (something) by stress. "His body was deformed by leprosy"
Exact synonyms: Deform, Strain
Generic synonyms: Form, Shape
Specialized synonyms: Jaundice
Derivative terms: Deformation, Strain

Definition of Distort

1. a. Distorted; misshapen.

2. v. t. To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body.

Definition of Distort

1. Verb. (transitive) To bring something out of shape. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive ergative) To become misshapen. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To give a false or misleading account of ¹

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Definition of Distort

1. to twist or bend out of shape [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Distort

1. 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. Synonym: To twist, wrest, deform, pervert. Origin: Distorted; Distorting. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Distort

distort (current term)
distorted shape
distortion aberration

Literary usage of Distort

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1. The American Quarterly Review by Robert Walsh (1835)
"in the way of safety; it was rather the fitful and fleeting meteor, which dazzles for a time, to disturb and distort the sight accustomed to its delusive ..."

2. The Conquest of Canada by George Warburton (1850)
"... from the rich groves of that fragrant tree covering numerous and intricate islands, which distort the rushing stream into narrow and perilous channels ..."

3. The Chicago & Alton Case: A Misunderstood Transaction by George Kennan (1916)
"The transaction is now criticised, for the first time, and in a manner calculated to misrepresent and distort the facts as they existed in 1900 when the ..."

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