Definition of distorted in US English:



  • 1Pulled or twisted out of shape; contorted.

    • ‘Loci showing distorted transmission ratios were widespread.’
    • ‘I felt that as she was speaking her face was slowly becoming distorted.’
    • ‘Then he took a few steps in her direction, his face distorted with rage.’
    • ‘The resulting picture is stunted, distorted.’
    • ‘Having rotated the same image, we feel that now the sword bag does not look good and the proportions seem distorted.’
    • ‘The infant's upper lip and much of his face was terribly distorted, but he looked normal following surgery.’
    • ‘Their distorted faces look flattened, as if they'd pulled pantyhose over their heads.’
    • ‘At times, the distorted horse faces even look like the ones in Picasso's immortal La Guernica.’
    • ‘Noah gets interested, too, after realizing his face is distorted in pictures.’
    • ‘The performers appear onscreen as bloated, bruised, and distorted figures, just as in Dorian Gray's portrait.’
    • ‘A young woman commands an army of distorted horses through the nasal passages of a sleeping King.’
    • ‘As the disease progresses, the cone becomes more pronounced, causing vision to become blurred and distorted.’
    • ‘Here the beam has been distorted by the particle.’
    • ‘It was so nice to see her not distorted or with her mouth looking funny.’
    • ‘A portrait of her nephew was distorted by the texture of the absorbent paper.’
    • ‘The MSN site is sending Opera users what appear to be intentionally distorted pages.’
    • ‘But because the fit is not quite perfect, when the enzyme and substrate come together they become distorted.’
    • ‘Such distorted readings can make it extremely difficult for a doctor to prescribe the correct readings to start treatment.’
    • ‘Images have been distorted, multiplied, turned upside down and projected all over the inside of the building.’
    • ‘It was dark outside, a full moon's light was dimmed and distorted by wisps of fog that settled and rose again.’
    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’
    • ‘A distorted picture of events is helping to produce correspondingly distorted policies, particularly in Europe.’
    • ‘Indeed, TM has made many incorrect or distorted public announcements to advance its programs.’
    • ‘By seeing herself only in terms of what she lacks that others have, Susan acquires a distorted self-image.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Authority and subjectivity seem to be at issue again, and perhaps the text is distorted in the retelling.’
    • ‘Distorted interpretations of Christ's death continue to exert a powerful influence.’
    • ‘Figures acutely illustrate the scope of the distorted international monetary system.’
    • ‘Perversely, there are strangely distorted echoes of Morris in the latest fashions for "empowerment."’
    • ‘The encounters happened, each race finding in the other little more than a distorted reflection of itself.’
    • ‘I begin to observe closely the ways that this balance becomes distorted by my lack of presence.’
    • ‘They, too, demonstrated distorted body images, hyperactivity and food refusal.’
    • ‘Three mailings have attacked - at times distorted - her voting record.’
    • ‘They also promote a stunningly simplistic and distorted view of French politics.’
    • ‘Despite the reforms, corporate profits can be as distorted and confusing as ever.’
    • ‘The U.S. economy is in the midst of a distorted boom, with an increasingly ingrained inflationary bias.’
    • ‘Speculative leveraging inflated asset prices throughout the economy and spending patterns were distorted.’
    • ‘In large part, media coverage promoted this distorted view of the problem.’
    • ‘Translation software is not yet perfect, and the resulting text may be distorted.’
    • ‘Simone de Beauvoir brought to our knowledge the recognition of the distorted situation of women.’
    misrepresented, perverted, twisted, falsified, misreported, misstated
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  • 3Affected by electrical distortion.

    ‘distorted guitars’
    • ‘Many people take issue with older cinema because the sonic rendering can be tinny, distorted, and lacking warmth.’
    • ‘Autumn Defense's "Bluebirds Fall" follows, a melodic, Zombies-like track accented with a distorted organ.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the end, the dialogue has become elliptical and drowned by distorted sound.’
    • ‘The busy chaos is reflected in the tempo and distorted drums.’
    • ‘We used to watch hours of distorted singing in the films on Asianet, not understanding a word of it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Earlier issues in this series were compromised by distorted sound, as if the original Columbia LPs had been played with a dull stylus.’
    • ‘However, in our testing, we ran out of volume gain before the bass driver distorted.’
    • ‘The greeting is followed by a noise that's a cross between a scream and a distorted electric guitar’
    • ‘They always sounded trebly and distorted and they never turned down.’
    • ‘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.’