What does the word distort mean?

Usage examples for distort

  1. If, however, I possessed any influence with the enlightened citizens of North America, I should be in no common degree anxious to exert it against those false views of trade and commerce which distort alike the maxims and the policy of her rulers. – A Visit To The United States In 1841 by Joseph Sturge
  2. It follows that, although departures from the horizontal may distort individual directions, they tend to average out in the computed trend of the mean. – A Quantitative Study of the Nocturnal Migration of Birds. Vol.3 No.2 by George H. Lowery.