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.
The state of being distorted, or twisted out of shape or out of true position; crookedness; perversion.
An unnatural deviation of shape or position of any part of the body producing visible deformity.
An unwanted changing of the audio signal that is caused by a number of factors. One thing that causes distortion is the clipping of the positive or negative excursions of the signal because the electronics cannot handle that strong of a signal. Guitar amplifiers sometimes have boxes that produce this kind of distortion deliberately.
(what has occurred over time to all of energy, which is to say much of the original intent of various energies have been twisted, altered, changed in ways to keep the truth from emerging)
Failure to reproduce accurately the characteristics of an original signal's amplitude, phase, delay, etc.
Distortion is the 'rough' sound that's created when something regarding your speakers isn't working as it should. Usually it occurs when excessively loud playback causes speaker panels to reverberate and diminish the clarity of sound. This can be remedied usually just by turning down the sound to a more acceptable level, or by ensuring your speakers aren't underpowered by adding an amplifier. Ensuring your speakers are amplified correctly means that you don't need to turn the volume up as high to get a good sensitivity rating (i.e. how many watts of power it takes to power a suitable amount of output).
the lack of proper proportion; directions, shapes, distances, and sizes of areas may be shown inaccurately.
The result of changing the shape of a figure from its original form. In the process of map projection the shape, distance, area and angles of features on the curved surface of the Earth are stretched or compressed in order to retain their positional accuracy on a flat map.
The amount of unwanted change to a video signal, normally caused by video transmission or processing
Elements of a reproduced sound that deviate from the original.
The state of being twisted out of a natural or normal shape or position
Forced out of shape.
A change (other than attenuation or noise) in the characteristics of a signal due to the distance of transmission or equipment problems or inefficiencies.
An unpleasant characteristic of sound that has been recorded or amplified at above zero level, or with the mike held too close to the mouth. [The sound in a restaurant when reservation availabilities are announced is often badly distorted.
any difference between the wave shape of the original signal and the wave shape after the signal has passed through the distribution system. See also Interference.
Any undesired change in a wave form or signal.
Unwanted change in waveform that occurs between points in a transmission system.
A change in shape form that which is intended.
A modification of the original signal appearing in the output of audio equipment that had not been present in the input. The most common way of expressing distortion is in percent of the original signal as Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
A deformity in a sound signal, normally caused by excessively high signal levels.
An audio effect which, when applied to a sound, makes it sound fuzzy and "dirty". It is often used with electric guitars.
A measure of the difference in shape between the wave form into an electronic circuit and the resulting output wave.
(1) Any change from the original wave form or signal. (2) Normally, non-predictable changes which interfere with interpretation of the result.
Is an abnormal change in the desired waveform of a signal causing unfaithful reproduction of audio or video signals.
An undesired waveform change produced by system non-linearities.
Any modification to a signal which results in the generation of frequencies which were not present in the original
Of phase, any modification of the phase relationship between two or more signals which causes the observed waveform to differ from the original
An unwanted change or addition to a signal or waveform when it is amplified. This definition excludes noise which is an extraneous signal super-imposed on the desired signal.
Unwanted signals or signal changes added by equipment.
The unwanted signals or changes to the signal added by your Hi-Fi or Home Theatre system.
is caused by too loud a signal for the audio device to handle. Overloading digital equipment produces harsh noise while in contrast overloading analogue equipment (ie. reel-to-reel tape recorder) sometimes produces a warm compressed sound rich in harmonics. Transient distortion occurs when an audio device is unable to cope with sudden changes in SPL. This can result in a crackly muted pop.
Distortion occurs when an object is twisted or bent out of shape.
Any change to the transmitted signal. Distortion can be caused by crosstalk, delay, attenuation, or other factors.
a change for the worse
a shape resulting from distortion
a change (usually undesired) in the waveform of an acoustic or analog electrical signal; the difference between two measurements of a signal (as between the input and output signal); "heavy metal guitar players use vacuum tube amplifiers to produce extreme distortion"
the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
An alteration of a signal that changes its appearance, sound, or data-carrying characteristics.
Change in sound such that new, unwanted sound is added to the desired sound.
A change in shape (usually refers to changes of shapecaused by internal stress).
Nonlinear and unwanted changes in an audio signal.
Occurs when a sound waveform is not produced accurately, and results in poor sonic performance.
Changes in a signal that involve the addition of spurious tones at frequencies not present in the original sound. In harmonic 'distortion' the spurious tones are at integral multiples of the original frequency. In 'intermodulation' distortion, discordant tones appear at the sums and differences of two original frequencies.
Any change in the waveform or harmonic content of an original signal as it passes through a device. The result is nonlinearity within the device.
Errors in speech in which the sounds are not produced clearly, they may be slurred or imprecise.
Non-linearity present or imposed upon a signal by the signal generator and/or the signal processing. Distortion is undesirable if high precision signal processing is required.
any undesired deviation of an image from proportionality.
Any measurable difference, other than in amplitude, between an input signal and an output signal.
when extra gain and distortion cannot be achieved by an amplifier, traditionally a distortion pedal (a fuzz-box/overdriver) is used. A clean signal is plugged in, and a distorted, sustaining sound is produced. The amount and type of distortion can be controlled on the effects unit. Some units include value based pre-amps to give good tone and dynamics coupled with genuine value overdrive. Digitally produced distortion, while very common, does not usually have the warmth of analogue valve based distortion and is often thought to be too harsh for the tastes of most guitarists.
An intentional desired, or unintentional unwanted, change in the audio waveform, causing a raspy or edgy sound quality.
Also referred to as clipping, distortion is a change in an audio signal resulting in the appearance of frequencies at the output that were not present in the original waveform. Distortion is commonly caused by applying a signal that is too powerful for an amp, speaker, or other electronic device to adequately handle. It is commonly employed as a means of creating sustain.
To change or deform something from its normal shape and to it make less realistic.
When an audio signal has been changed by the nonlinear behavior of the microphones, electronics, and loudspeakers. The nonlinearities, whether acoustical, mechanical or electrical, change the audio signals which are passed through them. See: Linear Distortion, Non-Linear Distortion.
Undesired changes in a waveform that result in spurious content of the signal.
Audio distortion: The name given to anything that alters an original input signal other than changing its amplitude ( loudness.)
An undesired change in the shape of an electrical wave or signal. Distortion results in the loss of clarity in reception or reproduction, or even the loss of information in a digital system.
Any discrepancy between the source material and the sonic output of a sound system.
An unwanted variation in magnification or a prismatic deviation with angular distance from the center of an optical component or system; any undesired change in the frequency or amplitude of an acoustical signal.
The amount of sound deviation from the original signal to the headphone. Distortion can create a humming, or buzzing sound, or it can alter the tonal character of the sound (heavier bass or treble).
The departure, during transmission and amplification, of the received signal wave form from that of the original transmitted wave form.
changing the way an object looks, exaggerating a shape's normal image by stretching or changing to make it more interesting or to emphasize the image or express the artist's feelings.
The difference in shape between the actual curved surface of the earth and the flat representation of a topographic map.
Clicks, buzzing or other noise that results from a sound being recorded at too high a signal level.
Any difference, apart from level, between an original signal and one that has been processed. One cause may be the overloading of the input stage of an amplifier, but many other forms of distortion, such as harmonic distortion are common.
Usually undesirable result of overloading sound equipment. Reducing the levels can remedy the situation.
Changes or additions to the sound signal that are undesired.
Generally speaking, the modification of signals which produce an undesirable end effect. These modifications can relate to phase, amplitude, delay, etc. The distortion of a sinewave is usually defined as the percentage of signal power remaining after the fundamental sinewave component has been removed.
Any deviation from the desired shape or contour.
A change from original shape and dimension. Note: Occurs in every rolled part to some degree.
Any undesired change in an audio signal between input and the output.
An undesired modification of the original signal appearing in the output. Distortion can be caused by improper setup or poor quality equipment. Distortion appears as ghosting or off color images, or is heard as muffled or crackling sound.
An undesirable or unintentional change to an audio signal.
any post-construction change in shape such as in the shape of a foundation
Used as a creative effect by guitarists. Elsewhere in the recording studio distortion can result from faulty equipment or by the engineer setting levels too high.
Corruption of a signal caused by time delay, harmonics, frequency response noise or other disturbances.
On an image, this refers to change in shape and position of objects with respect to their true shape and position.
Any undesirable change or error in the reproduction of sound that alters the original signal.
When an audio file sounds different than it normally should it is said to be distorted. Distortion is often caused by clipping and can often produce audio that sounds overly rough or harsh.
1.) Sound that is modified or changed in some way. Measured as a percentage of the whole signal. 2.) Any change in the waveform or harmonic content of an original signal as it passes through a device. When a signal flowing thru a circuit is compared at two different points, any change except for magnitude is distortion.
A specification used to measure the accuray of a loudspeaker, it refers to anything that alters sound from the original performance.
A Change in the shape of a part due to the action of mechanical forces.
Signal distortion during processing, transmission or return. There are different kinds ofdistortion: lineal, non-lineal, phase distortion, etc.
Any deviation from the normal sine wave for an AC quantity. Alternating waveforms with a square or rectangular waveshape can be said to carry some amount of distortion. Typically, a good AC supply waveform will carry 5% THD (total harmonic distortion) content or less. See harmonics, total harmonic distortion.
Unwanted changes in the sound of music and movies when they are played on a sound system which cause sound other than that present in the recording to be reproduced along with the recording, sometimes the result of overloading.
Anything that alters the musical signal. There are many forms of distortion, some of which are more audible than others. Distortion specs are often given for electronic equipment which are quite meaningless. As in all specifications, unless you have a thorough understanding of the whole situation, you will not be able to make conclusions about the sonic consequences.
Ratio between the RMS value of an nth order harmonic and the RMS value of the fundamental.
This is a measurement of the deviation from the original signal to the reproduced signal. Distortion is a harsh sounding artifact that alters, in a negative way, the signal.
Any loss or addition to the audio signal is a distortion. Various amplifier distortions have been identified, the most commonly measured being intermodulation, transient intermodulation and harmonic distortion.
a process, often found desirable by guitar players, that alters a sound's waveform.
Any unwanted degradation of an audio or video signal.
An undesired change in a waveform or signal.
1) Any unintentional or undesirable change in an audio signal. 2) An overlay of spurious roughness, fuzziness, harshness, or stridency in reproduced sound.
The deviation of the received signal waveform from that of the original transmitted waveform.
The unwanted changes in signal or signal shape that occur during transmission between two points.
Undesired changes in the purity of a signal, so that a spurious element or elements are added. These changes can be exhibited as amplitude distortion where the output does not bear the same proportion to the input at all frequencies or phase distortion or non linear phase shift.
Unwanted noise in the audio signal.
Any unwanted alteration in an audio signal other than noise picked up by the signal path.
Condition of being twisted or bent out of shape. In art, distortion is often used as an expressive technique.
Unclear audio signal that results from giving too much power to a speaker or amplifier
An alteration of a desired signal which occurs when a component, in reproducing a signal, adds its own harmonics or modulation by-products.
An image-development strategy used to misrepresent and pull out of shape all or part of the components of an artwork.
An undesired change in wave form as the signal passes through a device.
The unwanted change in a signal’s waveform occurring between two points in a transmission system.
alteration in shape and/or proportions of an image.
An unwanted change in the shape of an ac signal.
An undesired change in the waveform of a signal. This typically occurs in its passage through the amplifiers of a transmission system.
An undesired change in the shape of an image or waveform from the original object or signal.
Any changes made to an original, "clean" audio or video signal, either at the recording end or at the playback end.
Alteration of viewed images caused by variations in glass flatness or in homogeneous portions within the glass. An inherent characteristic of heat-treated glass.
Any deviation from a desired contour or shape.
Sound which is modified or changed in some way. In a speaker, distortion is produced by several things, most related to poor construction. Voice coil rubbing (caused by being overdriven) is the most common cause of distortion.
In general usage, any change in the shape of an image that causes it to differ in appearance from the ideal or perfect form. In stereo, usually applied to an exaggeration or reduction of the front-to-back dimension (coll. stretch and squeeze respectively).
Sound that has been changed from the original performance. The three major forms of electronic distortion in audio are clipping distortion, harmonic distortion, and intermodulation distortion.
Any unwanted change between an input signal and output signal.
any unwanted change that occurs in an audio signal
The modification of the wave form or shape of a signal caused by an outside interference or by imperfections of the transmission system. Most forms of distortion are the result of the varying responses of the transmission system to the different frequency components of the transmission signal.
A distortion is the alteration of the original shape (or other characteristic) of an object, image, sound, waveform or other form of information or representation. Distortion is usually unwanted. In some fields, distortion is desirable, such as electric guitar (where distortion is often induced purposely with the amplifier to achieve the electric guitar's desired, distinctive, aggressive sound).