The act or an instance of distorting. The condition of being distorted. A statement that twists fact; a misrepresentation. The alteration of the original form of a signal representing an image, a sound, a waveform, or other information. A visible or audible effect of such an alteration, such as the warping of an image or noise in an audio recording. Psychology The modification of unconscious impulses into forms acceptable by conscious or dreaming perception.