Dis·tort, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Distorted; p. pr. & vb. n. Distorting.]
1. To twist of natural or regular shape; to twist aside physically; as, to distort the limbs, or the body.
Whose face was distorted with pain. --Thackeray.
2. To force or put out of the true posture or direction; to twist aside mentally or morally.
Wrath and malice, envy and revenge, do darken and distort the understandings of men. --Tillotson.
3. To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort passages of Scripture, or their meaning.
Syn: -- To twist; wrest; deform; pervert.
Dis·tort a. Distorted; misshapen. [Obs.]
Her face was ugly and her mouth distort. --Spenser.
v 1: make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or
story [syn: falsify, garble, warp]
2: form into a spiral shape; "The cord is all twisted" [syn: twist,
twine] [ant: untwist]
3: twist and press out of shape [syn: contort, deform, wring]
4: affect as in thought or feeling; "My personal feelings color
my judgment in this case"; "The sadness tinged his life"
[syn: tinge, color, colour]
5: alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was
deformed by leprosy" [syn: deform, strain]