[n] the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
[n] the act of distorting something so it seems to mean something it was not intended to mean
[n] a change for the worse
[n] an optical phenomenon resulting from the failure of a lens or mirror to produce a good image
[n] a shape resulting from distortion
buckle, chromatic aberration, contortion, crookedness, damage, error, falsification, fault, form, gnarl, harm, impairment, knot, misrepresentaation, mistake, optical phenomenon, shape, spherical aberration, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness, warp, warp, warping
\Dis*tor"tion\, n. [L. distortio: cf. F. distortion.]
1. The act of distorting, or twisting out of natural or regular shape; a twisting or writhing motion; as, the distortions of the face or body.
2. A wresting from the true meaning. --Bp. Wren.
3. The state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion.
4. (Med.) An unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity.