- to mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure: In cases where the drug was taken during pregnancy, its effects deformed the infants.
- to make ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil: The trees had been completely deformed by the force of the wind.
- to change the form of; transform.
- Geology, Mechanics. to subject to deformation: The metal was deformed under stress.
- to undergo deformation.
Origin of deform1
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1. misshape. See mar. 2. ruin.
- deformed; ugly.
Origin of deform2
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Examples from the Web for deform
And if we are not, it is likely to give the soul such a wrenching as to deform it forever.The Book of Khalid
I have no wish to know anything which may deform life and mar its beauty.Quo Vadis
After two seasons, this rude dwelling does not deform the scene.Excursions and Poems</p>
Henry David Thoreau
In fact, they seem to block up the view, and to deform what they do not hide.Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Wells
Rain does not deform the face of things everywhere as it does in a city.How to Observe
- to make or become misshapen or distorted
- (tr) to mar the beauty of; disfigure
- (tr) to subject or be subjected to a stress that causes a change of dimensions
C15: from Latin dēformāre, from de- + forma shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for deform
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