percent distortion

percent distortion

[pər′sent di′stȯr·shən]
(communications)
The ratio of the amplitude of a harmonic component to the fundamental component multiplied by 100.
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It survives higher intensity signals, up to 216 dB, that would damage most condenser microphones beyond their 3 percent distortion limit.
3 percent distortion, the units deliver high peak current capabilities of six times the RMS level, and the 16-bit measurement resolution delivers DVM-type accuracy for easy measurement of line voltage, current, peak current, and inrush current.
But the expected effect has been much too tiny -- about a half percent distortion of a background galaxy's shape, on average -- to be detected.