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Distort vs. Warp — What's the Difference?

Distort vs. Warp — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Distort and Warp

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Distort

To twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape
A reflection distorted in the moving water.
A face distorted in misery.
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Warp

Make or become bent or twisted out of shape, typically as a result of the effects of heat or damp
Moisture had warped the box
Wood has a tendency to warp
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Distort

To cause to deviate from what is normal, reasonable, or accurate
"Though I knew how to translate exactly what she had told me, I realized that any translation would distort the deepest meaning of her message" (Richard Rodriguez).
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Warp

(with reference to a ship) move or be moved along by hauling on a rope attached to a stationary object ashore
Crew and passengers helped warp the vessels through the shallow section
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Distort

(Electronics) To cause distortion in (a signal or waveform, for example).
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Warp

(in weaving) arrange (yarn) so as to form the warp of a piece of cloth
Cotton string will be warped on the loom in the rug-weaving process
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Distort

(transitive) To bring something out of shape, to misshape.
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Warp

Cover (land) with a deposit of alluvial soil by natural or artificial flooding
The main canal may be cut so as to warp the lands on each side of it
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Distort

To become misshapen.
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Warp

A twist or distortion in the shape of something
The head of the racket had a curious warp
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Distort

(transitive) To give a false or misleading account of
In their articles, journalists sometimes distort the truth.
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Warp

(in weaving) the threads on a loom over and under which other threads (the weft) are passed to make cloth
Rugby is woven into the warp and weft of South African society
The warp and weft are the basic constituents of all textiles
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Distort

(obsolete) Distorted; misshapen.
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Warp

A rope attached at one end to a fixed point and used for moving or mooring a ship.
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Distort

Distorted; misshapen.
Her face was ugly and her mouth distort.
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Warp

Alluvial sediment; silt
The warp or muddy deposit dug from an old riverbed
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Distort

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.
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Warp

To turn or twist (wood, for example) out of shape; deform.
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Distort

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.
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Warp

To alter from a normal, proper, or healthy state; twist or pervert
"He was ruthlessly vindictive and allowed personal grudges to warp his political perspective" (Julian E. Zelizer).
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Distort

To wrest from the true meaning; to pervert; as, to distort passages of Scripture, or their meaning.
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Warp

To arrange strands of yarn or thread lengthwise onto (a loom) in preparation for weaving.
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Distort

Make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
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Warp

(Nautical) To move (a vessel) by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.
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Distort

Form into a spiral shape;
The cord is all twisted
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Warp

To become bent or twisted out of shape
The wooden frame warped in the humidity.
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Distort

Twist and press out of shape
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Warp

To become altered from what is normal, proper, or healthy.
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Distort

Affect as in thought or feeling;
My personal feelings color my judgment in this case
The sadness tinged his life
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Warp

(Nautical) To move a vessel by hauling on a line that is fastened to or around a piling, anchor, or pier.
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Distort

Alter the shape of (something) by stress;
His body was deformed by leprosy
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Warp

The state of being twisted or bent out of shape.
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Warp

A distortion or twist, especially in a piece of wood.
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Warp

A mental or moral twist, aberration, or deviation.
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Warp

The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric, crossed at right angles to the woof.
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Warp

Warp and woof.
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Warp

(Nautical) A towline used in warping a vessel.
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Warp

(uncountable) The state, quality, or condition of being twisted, physically or mentally:
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Warp

(uncountable) The state, quality, or condition of being physically bent or twisted out of shape.
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Warp

(uncountable) The state, quality, or condition of being deviant from what is right or proper morally or mentally.
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Warp

(countable) A distortion:
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Warp

(countable) A distortion or twist, such as in a piece of wood also used figuratively.
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Warp

(countable) A mental or moral distortion, deviation, or aberration.
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Warp

(weaving) The threads that run lengthwise in a woven fabric; crossed by the woof or weft.
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Warp

(figurative) The foundation, the basis, the undergirding.
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Warp

(nautical) A line or cable or rode as is used in warping (mooring or hauling) a ship, and sometimes for other purposes such as deploying a seine or creating drag.
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Warp

A theoretical construct that permits travel across a medium without passing through it normally, such as a teleporter or time warp.
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Warp

A situation or place which is or seems to be from another era; a time warp.
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Warp

The sediment which subsides from turbid water; the alluvial deposit of muddy water artificially introduced into low lands in order to enrich or fertilise them.
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Warp

A throw or cast, as of fish (in which case it is used as a unit of measure: about four fish, though sometimes three or even two), oysters, etc.
A warp of fish
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Warp

To twist or become twisted, physically or mentally:
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Warp

(transitive) To twist or turn (something) out of shape; to deform.
The moisture warped the board badly.
To warp space and time
The trauma had permanently warped her mind.
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Warp

(intransitive) To become twisted out of shape; to deform.
Over the years the post had warped and checked and needed to be replaced.
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Warp

(transitive) To deflect or turn (something) away from a true, proper or moral course; to pervert; to bias.
His perspective had warped after his extreme experiences.
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Warp

(intransitive) To go astray or be deflected from a true, proper or moral course; to deviate.
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Warp

To run (yarn) off the reel into hauls to be tarred.
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Warp

(transitive) To arrange (strands of thread, etc) so that they run lengthwise in weaving.
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Warp

To plot; to fabricate or weave (a plot or scheme).
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Warp

To change or fix (make fixed, for example by freezing).
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Warp

To move:
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Warp

To move a vessel by hauling on a line or cable that is fastened to an anchor or pier; (especially) to move a sailing ship through a restricted place such as a harbour.
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Warp

To move or be moved by this method.
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Warp

To fly with a bending or waving motion, like a flock of birds or insects.
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Warp

To travel or transport across a medium without passing through it normally, as by using a teleporter or time warp.
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Warp

To bring forth (young) prematurely.
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Warp

To fertilize (low-lying land) by letting the tide, a river, or other water in upon it to deposit silt and alluvial matter.
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Warp

To throw.
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Warp

To throw; hence, to send forth, or throw out, as words; to utter.
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Warp

To turn or twist out of shape; esp., to twist or bend out of a flat plane by contraction or otherwise.
The planks looked warped.
Walter warped his mouth at thisTo something so mock solemn, that I laughed.
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Warp

To turn aside from the true direction; to cause to bend or incline; to pervert.
This first avowed, nor folly warped my mind.
I have no private considerations to warp me in this controversy.
We are divested of all those passions which cloud the intellects, and warp the understandings, of men.
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Warp

To weave; to fabricate.
While doth he mischief warp.
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Warp

To tow or move, as a vessel, with a line, or warp, attached to a buoy, anchor, or other fixed object.
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Warp

To cast prematurely, as young; - said of cattle, sheep, etc.
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Warp

To let the tide or other water in upon (lowlying land), for the purpose of fertilization, by a deposit of warp, or slimy substance.
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Warp

To run off the reel into hauls to be tarred, as yarns.
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Warp

To arrange (yarns) on a warp beam.
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Warp

To twist the end surfaces of (an aërocurve in an airfoil) in order to restore or maintain equilibrium.
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Warp

To turn, twist, or be twisted out of shape; esp., to be twisted or bent out of a flat plane; as, a board warps in seasoning or shrinking.
One of you will prove a shrunk panel, and, like green timber, warp, warp.
They clamp one piece of wood to the end of another, to keep it from casting, or warping.
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Warp

To turn or incline from a straight, true, or proper course; to deviate; to swerve.
There is our commission,From which we would not have you warp.
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Warp

To fly with a bending or waving motion; to turn and wave, like a flock of birds or insects.
A pitchy cloudOf locusts, warping on the eastern wind.
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Warp

To cast the young prematurely; to slink; - said of cattle, sheep, etc.
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Warp

To wind yarn off bobbins for forming the warp of a web; to wind a warp on a warp beam.
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Warp

The threads which are extended lengthwise in the loom, and crossed by the woof.
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Warp

A rope used in hauling or moving a vessel, usually with one end attached to an anchor, a post, or other fixed object; a towing line; a warping hawser.
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Warp

A slimy substance deposited on land by tides, etc., by which a rich alluvial soil is formed.
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Warp

A premature casting of young; - said of cattle, sheep, etc.
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Warp

The state of being warped or twisted; as, the warp of a board.
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Warp

A twist or aberration; especially a perverse or abnormal way of judging or acting
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Warp

A shape distorted by twisting or folding
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Warp

A moral or mental distortion
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Warp

Yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
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Warp

Make false by mutilation or addition; as of a message or story
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Warp

Bend out of shape, as under pressure or from heat;
The highway buckled during the heatwave
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