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Distortion

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An undesired change in the signal's waveform after it passes through a device or a system.

Book Definition

Distortion can occur because the device characteristic is not linear or because the circuit elements and devices respond to the input signal differently at various frequencies. When distortion occurs, the output will not be an exact duplicate (except for magnitude) of the input signal.

Electronic Devices and Circuit Theory, 11th Edition by Robert L. Boylestad & Louis Nashelsky

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