- 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
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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