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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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 Police found a bullet hole in the driver’s side door and a deformed bullet was found on the passenger side. Anne Geggis,, "Man's shooting death on I-95 in Boca was likely random," 29 June 2018 Pocket Rumble even looks like a NGPC game, with slightly deformed characters sporting oversized heads and hands. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Pocket Rumble for the Nintendo Switch channels the best portable fighters," 6 July 2018 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Bay Area Musicals presents Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz’s musical stage adaptation of the classic underdog tale of a deformed bell-ringer who finds love and saves his community., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of July 15," 12 July 2018 The Humane Society of Cobb County put the word out Tuesday on its Facebook page to look for the deformed tortoise. Ben Brasch, ajc, "Cobb family searching for runaway tortoise. Have you seen Abigail?," 10 July 2018 The blast left the front part of Northup's eye deformed, damaging the cornea and bruising the retina. Ashley Welch, CBS News, "Fireworks display gone wrong nearly cost firefighter his vision," 29 June 2018 And a bridge was deformed because of the heat in Chicago, according to WREX. Greg Porter, Washington Post, "Oppressive heat dome engulfs the Northeast — and it will spread west this weekend," 3 July 2018 That can mean immediate damage, leaving an engine blade deformed, broken, or completely fragmented, as shown in the above animation. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Really Happens When a Drone Strikes an Airplane," 22 Dec. 2016

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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- \

Medical Definition of deformed 

: misshapen especially in body or limbs

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