Meaning of DISTORTION in English

— distortional, distortionary , adj.

/di stawr"sheuhn/ , n.

1. an act or instance of distorting.

2. the state of being distorted or the relative degree or amount by which something is distorted or distorts.

3. anything that is distorted, as a sound, image, fact, etc.

4. Optics. an aberration of a lens or system of lenses in which the magnification of the object varies with the lateral distance from the axis of the lens. Cf. barrel distortion, pincushion distortion .

[ 1575-85; distortion- (s. of distortio ). See DISTORT, -ION ]

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