Definition of distorted in English:



  • 1Pulled or twisted out of shape; contorted.

    • ‘Then he took a few steps in her direction, his face distorted with rage.’
    • ‘Here the beam has been distorted by the particle.’
    • ‘At times, the distorted horse faces even look like the ones in Picasso's immortal La Guernica.’
    • ‘Loci showing distorted transmission ratios were widespread.’
    • ‘Noah gets interested, too, after realizing his face is distorted in pictures.’
    • ‘The infant's upper lip and much of his face was terribly distorted, but he looked normal following surgery.’
    • ‘But because the fit is not quite perfect, when the enzyme and substrate come together they become distorted.’
    • ‘The resulting picture is stunted, distorted.’
    • ‘I felt that as she was speaking her face was slowly becoming distorted.’
    • ‘Having rotated the same image, we feel that now the sword bag does not look good and the proportions seem distorted.’
    • ‘It was so nice to see her not distorted or with her mouth looking funny.’
    • ‘As the disease progresses, the cone becomes more pronounced, causing vision to become blurred and distorted.’
    • ‘It was dark outside, a full moon's light was dimmed and distorted by wisps of fog that settled and rose again.’
    • ‘Images have been distorted, multiplied, turned upside down and projected all over the inside of the building.’
    • ‘Their distorted faces look flattened, as if they'd pulled pantyhose over their heads.’
    • ‘The MSN site is sending Opera users what appear to be intentionally distorted pages.’
    • ‘A young woman commands an army of distorted horses through the nasal passages of a sleeping King.’
    • ‘Such distorted readings can make it extremely difficult for a doctor to prescribe the correct readings to start treatment.’
    • ‘The performers appear onscreen as bloated, bruised, and distorted figures, just as in Dorian Gray's portrait.’
    • ‘A portrait of her nephew was distorted by the texture of the absorbent paper.’
    twisted, warped, contorted, bent, buckled, deformed, malformed, misshapen, disfigured, crooked, irregular, awry, wry, out of shape
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  • 2Giving a misleading or false account or impression; misrepresented.

    ‘his report gives a distorted view of the meeting’
    • ‘Simone de Beauvoir brought to our knowledge the recognition of the distorted situation of women.’
    • ‘Indeed, TM has made many incorrect or distorted public announcements to advance its programs.’
    • ‘Three mailings have attacked - at times distorted - her voting record.’
    • ‘Figures acutely illustrate the scope of the distorted international monetary system.’
    • ‘The U.S. economy is in the midst of a distorted boom, with an increasingly ingrained inflationary bias.’
    • ‘A distorted picture of events is helping to produce correspondingly distorted policies, particularly in Europe.’
    • ‘The encounters happened, each race finding in the other little more than a distorted reflection of itself.’
    • ‘By seeing herself only in terms of what she lacks that others have, Susan acquires a distorted self-image.’
    • ‘In large part, media coverage promoted this distorted view of the problem.’
    • ‘I begin to observe closely the ways that this balance becomes distorted by my lack of presence.’
    • ‘Translation software is not yet perfect, and the resulting text may be distorted.’
    • ‘Despite the reforms, corporate profits can be as distorted and confusing as ever.’
    • ‘Speculative leveraging inflated asset prices throughout the economy and spending patterns were distorted.’
    • ‘They also promote a stunningly simplistic and distorted view of French politics.’
    • ‘Authority and subjectivity seem to be at issue again, and perhaps the text is distorted in the retelling.’
    • ‘They, too, demonstrated distorted body images, hyperactivity and food refusal.’
    • ‘Perversely, there are strangely distorted echoes of Morris in the latest fashions for "empowerment."’
    • ‘Distorted interpretations of Christ's death continue to exert a powerful influence.’
    • ‘They processed the earliest memory that the person had of a distorted view of his or her body.’
    • ‘Either side of these oppositions will fuel the perception that the emotional life of others is distorted relative to a norm.’
    misrepresented, perverted, twisted, falsified, misreported, misstated
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  • 3Affected by electrical distortion.

    ‘distorted guitars’
    • ‘A soundtrack of distorted modem tones, composed by Hendee, recalled synthesized howling wind.’
    • ‘The music reflects this, too, with distorted bursts of treated guitar giving the otherwise breezy melody a demented cast.’
    • ‘By the end, the dialogue has become elliptical and drowned by distorted sound.’
    • ‘They always sounded trebly and distorted and they never turned down.’
    • ‘But he's churning out rock riffs and distorted licks, adding in some quite throaty vocals as well.’
    • ‘Then that heavy, distorted bass kicks in again.’
    • ‘The busy chaos is reflected in the tempo and distorted drums.’
    • ‘The greeting is followed by a noise that's a cross between a scream and a distorted electric guitar’
    • ‘Earlier issues in this series were compromised by distorted sound, as if the original Columbia LPs had been played with a dull stylus.’
    • ‘Autumn Defense's "Bluebirds Fall" follows, a melodic, Zombies-like track accented with a distorted organ.’
    • ‘We used to watch hours of distorted singing in the films on Asianet, not understanding a word of it.’
    • ‘However, in our testing, we ran out of volume gain before the bass driver distorted.’
    • ‘Many people take issue with older cinema because the sonic rendering can be tinny, distorted, and lacking warmth.’
    • ‘The pain message gets amplified and distorted, much as music blasted through regular speakers does.’
    • ‘"The Storm" is less successful, pairing overdriven marching band percussion with layers of indistinguishable distorted noise.’