de·​formed | \ di-ˈfȯrmd How to pronounce deformed (audio) , dē-\

Definition of deformed

: distorted or unshapely in form : misshapen

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distorted, malformed, misshapen, monstrous, shapeless



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Examples of deformed in a Sentence

his first sculpture looked more like a deformed rabbit than a galloping horse

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So magnificent are these 300 warriors that they surely would have held the pass indefinitely ... if not for the actions of a scurrilous traitor, Ephialtes, a misshapen hunchback who was too deformed to serve in the Spartan line. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 As Ebola re-creates itself, many of the resulting particles are deformed duds and can’t replicate further. Richard Preston, The New Yorker, "Is Ebola Evolving Into a More Deadly Virus?," 7 Aug. 2019 Furthermore, when the researchers simulated damage to the robot’s body by adding a deformed component, the robot detected the change, updated its self-model accordingly, and was able to resume its tasks. Quanta Magazine, "Curious About Consciousness? Ask the Self-Aware Machines," 11 July 2019 So, just know that while leaves may look great today, don’t be surprised if over the next couple of weeks some start to look a little deformed, grow some fuzzy white/grey stuff, get covered with spots and then turn partially or all brown. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "It's that dreary. Louisville has seen 30+ inches of rain so far this year," 21 June 2019 Esperanza has a deformed front paw, which doesn't really slow her down. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, "These Harris County animals will be euthanize if not adopted, fostered," 5 June 2019 Robert Hoge is the author of Ugly, a memoir for children about growing up disabled and deformed. Robert Hoge, Good Housekeeping, "After I Was Born, My Mom Wanted to Leave Me at the Hospital," 12 Sep. 2016 Russia’s state space corporation, Roscosmos, has since traced the failure to a deformed sensor responsible for signaling the stages to separate. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Three astronauts will launch to space on Monday — two months after botched flight," 2 Dec. 2018 Bies and his team could identify the source of the deformed bullet as an Enfield rifle musket. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battle," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of deformed

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of deformed

: not having the normal or expected shape especially because of a problem in the way something has developed or grown


de·​formed | \ di-ˈfȯ(ə)rmd, dē- How to pronounce deformed (audio) \

Medical Definition of deformed

: misshapen especially in body or limbs

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