distorts; distorted; distorting
1 : to change the natural, normal, or original shape, appearance, or sound of (something) in a way that is usually not attractive or pleasing
Her face was distorted by pain.
The odd camera angle distorted her figure in the photograph.
The sound of the guitar was distorted.
Heat caused the plastic to distort.
2 [+ object] : to change (something) so that it is no longer true or accurate
She felt he was distorting the facts.
The story was distorted by the press.
The loss of both her parents at an early age distorted her outlook on life.
— distorted adjective [more distorted; most distorted]
a distorted face/image
He had a distorted view of the situation.
His voice sounded distorted over the phone.
— distortion noun, plural distortions
The statement was an intentional distortion of the facts.
Curved mirrors cause image distortions.
an image/sound that is free of distortion