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DISTORT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does distort mean? 

DISTORT (verb)
  The verb DISTORT has 5 senses:

1. make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
2. form into a spiral shape
3. twist and press out of shape
4. affect as in thought or feeling
5. alter the shape of (something) by stress

  Familiarity information: DISTORT used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISTORT (verb)


Sense 1distort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

distort; falsify; garble; warp

Hypernyms (to "distort" is one way to...):

belie; misrepresent (represent falsely)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distort"):

mangle; murder; mutilate (alter so as to make unrecognizable)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2distort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form into a spiral shape

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

distort; twist; twine

Context example:

The cord is all twisted

Hypernyms (to "distort" is one way to...):

change form; change shape; deform (assume a different shape or form)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distort"):

wrench; wring (twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish)

contort; deform; distort; wring (twist and press out of shape)

entangle; mat; snarl; tangle (twist together or entwine into a confusing mass)

enlace; entwine; interlace; intertwine; lace; twine (spin or twist together so as to form a cord)

spin (work natural fibers into a thread)

interweave; weave (interlace by or as it by weaving)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3distort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Twist and press out of shape

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

contort; wring; deform; distort

Hypernyms (to "distort" is one way to...):

distort; twine; twist (form into a spiral shape)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distort"):

morph (change shape as via computer animation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4distort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affect as in thought or feeling

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

tinge; color; distort; colour

Context examples:

My personal feelings color my judgment in this case / The sadness tinged his life

Hypernyms (to "distort" is one way to...):

affect; bear on; bear upon; impact; touch; touch on (have an effect upon)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5distort [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Alter the shape of (something) by stress

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

deform; distort; strain

Context example:

His body was deformed by leprosy

Hypernyms (to "distort" is one way to...):

form; shape (give shape or form to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "distort"):

jaundice (distort adversely)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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