Definition of deform
1 : to spoil the form of
2a : to spoil the looks of : disfigure a face deformed by bitternessb : to mar the character of a marriage deformed by jealousy
3 : to alter the shape of by stress
: to become misshapen or changed in shape
deformableplay \-mə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of deform in a Sentence
The disease eventually deforms the bones.
The disease eventually causes the bones to deform.
Recent Examples of deform from the Web
This mesh helps keep the ball from deforming when kicked, which stops the ball from veering while in flight.
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Origin and Etymology 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 Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deform for English Language Learners
: to change something so that it no longer has its normal or original shape
DEFORM Defined for Kids
Definition of deform for Students
: to spoil the form or the natural appearance of
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