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Definition of Distortion

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deformity, twisting out of shape; falsification, misrepresentation
Distortion Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Glossary of Technical Theatre Terms
Usually undesirable result of overloading sound equipment. Reducing the levels can remedy the situation.
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Distortion Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(n.)
The state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion.
  
(n.)
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.
  
(n.)
An unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity.
  
(n.)
A wresting from the true meaning.
  
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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. 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.
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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 intermodulation distortion 
English Phonetics

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Camystum = n. distortion
WordNet 2.0

Noun
1. a change for the worse
(synonym) deformation
(hypernym) damage, harm, impairment
(hyponym) warp, warping
2. a shape resulting from distortion
(synonym) distorted shape
(hypernym) shape, form
(hyponym) tortuosity, tortuousness, torsion, contortion, crookedness
(derivation) twist, twine, distort
3. an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
(synonym) aberration, optical aberration
(hypernym) optical phenomenon
(hyponym) chromatic aberration
4. 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); "heavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion"
(hypernym) electrical phenomenon
(hyponym) nonlinear distortion, amplitude distortion
(derivation) falsify, distort, garble, warp
5. the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
(synonym) overrefinement, straining, torture, twisting
(hypernym) falsification, misrepresentaation
(derivation) falsify, distort, garble, warp
6. the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
(hypernym) mistake, error, fault
(derivation) falsify, distort, garble, warp
Distortion Definition from Business & Finance Dictionaries & Glossaries
MONASH Marketing Dictionary
see Selective Distortion.
2004 (c) Copyright & Reprint Courtesy of the Dept. of Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, Monash University; edited by Mr. Don Bradmore.
Distortion Definition from Science & Technology Dictionaries & Glossaries
Telecommunication Standard Terms
1. In a system or device, any departure of the output signal waveform from that which should result from the input signal waveform's being operated on by the system's specified, i.e. , ideal, transfer function. (188 ) Note: Distortion may result from many mechanisms. Examples include nonlinearities in the transfer function of an active device, such as a vacuum tube, transistor, or operational amplifier. Distortion may also be caused by a passive component such as a coaxial cable or optical fiber, or by inhomogeneities, reflections, etc., in the propagation path. 2. In start-stop teletypewriter signaling, the shifting of the significant instants of the signal pulses from their proper positions relative to the beginning of the start pulse. Note: The magnitude of the distortion is expressed in percent of an ideal unit pulse length.
Dictionary of Automotive Terms
A warpage or change in form from the original shape.
Fiber Optics, Optical Networking Terms
Nonlinearities in a unit that cause harmonics and beat products to be generated.
Distortion Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
Wikipedia English - The Free Encyclopedia
Distortion (or warping) is the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of something, such as an object, image, sound or waveform. Distortion is usually unwanted, and so engineers strive to eliminate distortion, or minimize it. In some situations, however, distortion may be desirable. The important signal processing operation of heterodyning is based on nonlinear mixing of signals to cause intermodulation. Distortion is also used as a musical effect, particularly with electric guitars.

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Distortion Definition from Sports Dictionaries & Glossaries
maritime&shipping&trade
The result of excessive strains that cause a plate or a form to lose its proper shape.
Distortion Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Guitar Glossary
An intentional desired, or unintentional unwanted, change in the audio waveform, causing a raspy or edgy sound quality.
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film and video
A modification of the original signal appearing in the output of audio equipment which had not been present in the input. (Audio)
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