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
There is the sense of these two men, Cope and Marsh, and how their rivalry deforms them.
The Trump family brand mirrors America at its worst—a version in which capitalism deforms all relationships, twisting everyone and everything to serve its basest needs.
About the story: A little girl gets lice on purpose to keep her mom home from work, but when her mother returns physically deformed by her job, these plans are thwarted.
In this fight, your foe continually marches rightward, destroying and deforming terrain by stomping on it with his robosuit.
That means building CO2 turbines with metals that won’t crack, distend, or deform, and making them big enough to take the abuse.
UC San Diego engineers have developed a tool to access that realm: an optical nanofiber that deforms in response to ultra-minute forces, sending patterns of light detectable by a microscope.
The wire was never removed, so as the dog grew, the wire cut deeper and deeper into his upper and lower facial bones, gums and mouth until they were permanently deformed.
Drones also deform and flex more than wood and metal debris, imparting lesser amounts of energy and, therefore, less damage.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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