deformation

noun de·for·ma·tion \ ˌdē-ˌfȯr-ˈmā-shən , ˌde-fər- \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

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

deformational

play \-shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of deformation in a Sentence

  1. the catastrophic deformation of the steel girders under the enormous weight of the bridge

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First Known Use of deformation

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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