deform

verb
de·​form | \ di-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce deform (audio) , dē-\
deformed; deforming; deforms

Definition of deform

transitive verb

1 : to spoil the form of
2a : to spoil the looks of : disfigure a face deformed by bitterness
b : to mar the character of a marriage deformed by jealousy
3 : to alter the shape of by stress

intransitive verb

: to become misshapen or changed in shape

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Other Words from deform

deformable \ di-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce deformable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of deform in a Sentence

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

Recent Examples on the Web

For more than a decade, Australian engineers working under the name Rotary Engine Development Agency have developed a new design of rotary engine that is based on a deforming rhombus rather than the conventional triangular rotors. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "The Rhombus Rotary Engine: Can a Quirky New Design Top the Famous Wankel?," 18 Jan. 2019 To keep it simple—I'm no astrophysicist—the theory states that a sufficiently compact mass can deform spacetime to form a black hole, a region in space where the gravitational field is so powerful that nothing can escape its pull. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "We Know What a Black Hole Looks Like for the First Time," 10 Apr. 2019 The front and rear deform in a crash to absorb all of the impact, spreading it away from the passenger compartment. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "10 Innovations That Made the Modern Car," 4 Dec. 2018 But in setting out the purpose of the courts, in Federalist 78, Alexander Hamilton argued that judges would also sometimes have to resist popular pressures that might deform the constitutional system. Yuval Levin, WSJ, "‘Judicial Fortitude’ Review: Time for Congress to Do Its Job," 2 Jan. 2019 The affected cars have canister purge valves that can refuse to close, which in turn could cause enough vacuum within the tank to deform it. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Ford recalls 1.5 million Focuses for faulty fuel tank purge valves," 25 Oct. 2018 Insofar as individual beliefs are deforming our politics, the beliefs that do so the worst involve bigotry — especially, in the American case, racist sentiment. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "The “why can’t we all just get along” theory of politics," 3 Dec. 2018 Difficult readability: The bendiness means some of the text is significantly deformed, and so any information it is meant to convey will be more difficult. Sean Hollister, The Verge, "Science fiction shows why Samsung’s folding phones might thrive," 14 Nov. 2018 Realists can also fail to grasp the power of ideology to shape the behavior of states, often in ways that deform or disregard their own interests. Bret Stephens, New York Times, "Foreign Policy From the Dark Side," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of deform

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for deform

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French desfurmer, from Latin deformare, from de- + formare to form, from forma form

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More Definitions for deform

deform

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deform

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

deform

verb
de·​form | \ di-ˈfȯrm How to pronounce deform (audio) \
deformed; deforming

Kids Definition of deform

: to spoil the form or the natural appearance of

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