deformation

noun
de·​for·​ma·​tion | \ ˌdē-ˌfȯr-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce deformation (audio) , ˌde-fər- How to pronounce deformation (audio) \

Definition of deformation

1 : alteration of form or shape also : the product of such alteration
2 : the action of deforming : the state of being deformed
3 : change for the worse

Other Words from deformation

deformational \ ˌdē-​ˌfȯr-​ˈmā-​shə-​nᵊl How to pronounce deformation (audio) , ˌde-​fər-​ \ adjective

Examples of deformation in a Sentence

the catastrophic deformation of the steel girders under the enormous weight of the bridge
Recent Examples on the Web Overheating may lead to arcing and deformation of the electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor that remains open or a contactor that welds closed. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2022 One of the major areas for improvement is deformation, which is the way the force of an impact presses material way out of shape. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 Overheating may lead to arcing and deformation of the electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor that remains open or a contactor that welds closed. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 11 July 2022 Overheating may lead to arcing and deformation of the electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor that remains open or a contactor that welds closed. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, 14 June 2022 Overheating may lead to arcing and deformation of the electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor that remains open or a contactor that welds closed. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2022 The idea of buckling needn’t be a one-way deformation that permanently distorts the material. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 5 Apr. 2022 Almeida will travel to the Cordillera Real mountains in Ecuador in June to study the deformation of rocks, a process that can create earthquake faults and increase the height of mountains over long periods of time. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 Symptoms of the previously unrecorded disease include limb deformation, immune system destruction and lung failure - along with other conditions. Sammy Westfall, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of deformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

11 Aug 2022

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“Deformation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deformation. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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