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

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Other Words from deformation

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

Examples of deformation in a Sentence

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

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To the butt plugs Prause added piezoelectric discs, which detect deformation. Matt Simon, WIRED, "The Strange Saga of the Butt Plug Turned Research Device," 11 July 2019 Geologists have recently been able to deploy hundreds of GPS monitors across Cascadia to record the subtle ground deformations that result from the plates’ inability to slide past each other. The Conversation, oregonlive.com, "Earthquake risk along NW coast is not the same for all areas," 8 July 2019 As Science Alert’s Michelle Starr explains, intentional cranial modification (ICM), also known as artificial cranial deformation, has been practiced around the world for millennia, albeit for a number of different reasons. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Ancient Chinese Graves Reveal Evidence of Early Skull Reshaping," 6 July 2019 Convergent: Where plates smash together, resulting in deformation or destruction of one or more plate edges. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Plate Tectonics: The Slow Dance of Our Planet's Crust," 12 June 2019 The initial torquing stretches the bolt along its length nearly to its limit of elastic deformation. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 Apply the extra rotation and the bolt stretches to its plastic deformation region, where additional stretching of the bolt yields no additional clamping force but the bolt won't return to its original length later. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 For instance, one randomized, controlled trial published in the BMJ in 2014 followed 84 babies between the ages of 5 months and 6 months with moderate to severe skull deformation for six months. Korin Miller, SELF, "My Son, Like Chrissy Teigen’s, Wore a Corrective Helmet as a Baby for a Flat Spot," 4 Dec. 2018 One possibility is that liquid oxygen could have pooled in such a deformation and became solid. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX and NASA Reach Agreement on Astronaut Safety," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of deformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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