distortus, past participle of distorquere 'to twist out of shape'
1 [intransitive and transitive]to change the appearance, sound, or shape of something so that it is strange or unclear:
Tall buildings can distort radio signals.
2 [transitive]to report something in a way that is not completely true or correct:
His account was badly distorted by the press.
3 [transitive]to change a situation from the way it would naturally be:
an expensive subsidy which distorts the market
His face was distorted in anger.
—distortionnoun [uncountable and countable]
a gross distortion of the facts
WORD FOCUS: change WORD FOCUS: change to change something:alter, adapt, adjust, amend, modify, revise, vary to change a system or organization:restructure, reorganize, reform to change something completely:transform, revolutionize to change facts or information, or change what someone has said:twist, distort, misrepresent easily changed:flexible, adaptable impossible to change:fixed, final, irrevocable ➔ See alsochange
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.