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 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 Although there are already recognizable signals that a volcano is likely to erupt, including seismic activity, changes in gas emissions and sudden ground deformation, accurate predictions are tricky. Julia Musto, Fox News, "NASA satellite data could detect volcanic unrest years before eruptions," 15 Apr. 2021 Indeed, the worst thing about this overwrought and underthought superspectacle is the trivialization, manipulation, and deformation of the sincere and serious emotions that undergird and motivate its cast of heroes. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” Reviewed: A Super-Slog of a Superhero Superspectacle," 18 Mar. 2021 With Sentinel-1 data, Norway created a national deformation map that has helped identify rockslide hazards and revealed that parts of Oslo’s main train station were sinking. Julia Rosen, Science | AAAS, "Fleets of radar satellites are measuring movements on Earth like never before," 25 Feb. 2021 There’s a crossbar that spans the front of the vehicle and connects the sides of the engine bay to prevent deformation in off-center impacts, which are some of the most common and dangerous. Popular Science, "Hyundai plans to build dozens of vehicles on its new modular EV platform," 3 Dec. 2020 The 26-inch barrel is back-bored, meaning the bore diameter has been increased to maximum allowable specification, reducing friction between the shot cup and the barrel and reducing shot deformation for better patterning. Mike Dickerson, Field & Stream, "The Best Guns for First-Time Buyers," 19 Aug. 2020 Some folks are complaining about a deformation known as cat facing. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska gardeners always have a lot of questions about their tomato plants. Here are answers.," 13 Aug. 2020 When a modern shotshell is fired, the plastic wad inside travels down the barrel holding the shot charge, while helping to protect the pellets from pattern-blowing deformation. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "A sharpshooting woman named Plinky, accidental litterbugs and a British lord with bloodlust," 27 June 2020 Although the software cannot resolve the creation of specific geologic features, calculations of the likely deformation there suggest this kind of seismic focusing produced its chaotic terrain. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, "Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of deformation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Apr 2021

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“Deformation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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