deform

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verb de·form \di-ˈfȯrm, dē-\

Definition of deform

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to spoil the form of

  3. 2a :  to spoil the looks of :  disfigure a face deformed by bitternessb :  to mar the character of a marriage deformed by jealousy

  4. 3 :  to alter the shape of by stress

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become misshapen or changed in shape

deformable

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Examples of deform in a Sentence

  1. The disease eventually deforms the bones.

  2. The disease eventually causes the bones to deform.

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Origin and Etymology of deform

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French desfurmer, from Latin deformare, from de- + formare to form, from forma form

Synonym Discussion of deform

deform, distort, contort, warp means to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting. deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or accident of growth. a face deformed by hatred distort and contort both imply a wrenching from the natural or normal, but contort suggests a more involved twisting and a more grotesque and painful result. the odd camera angle distorts the figure disease had contorted her body warp indicates an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane. warped floorboards

DEFORM Defined for English Language Learners

deform

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Definition of deform for English Language Learners

  • : to change something so that it no longer has its normal or original shape


DEFORM Defined for Kids

deform

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verb de·form \di-ˈfȯrm\

Definition of deform for Students

deformed

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deforming

  1. :  to spoil the form or the natural appearance of



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