verb \di-ˈfrm, dē-\

: to change something so that it no longer has its normal or original shape

Full Definition of DEFORM

transitive verb
:  to spoil the form of
a :  to spoil the looks of :  disfigure <a face deformed by bitterness>
b :  to mar the character of <a marriage deformed by jealousy>
:  to alter the shape of by stress
intransitive verb
:  to become misshapen or changed in shape
de·form·able \-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of DEFORM

  1. The disease eventually deforms the bones.
  2. The disease eventually causes the bones to deform.

Origin of DEFORM

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French desfurmer, from Latin deformare, from de- + formare to form, from forma form
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of DEFORM

deform, distort, contort, warp means to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting. deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth <a face deformed by hatred>. distort and contort both imply a wrenching from the natural or normal, but contort suggests a more involved twisting and a more grotesque and painful result <the odd camera angle distorts the figure> <disease had contorted her body>. warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane <warped floorboards>.


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