- 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
Synonyms for deform
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Living organisms alone react in a formative or deformative way to external stimuli.The Breath of Life
- 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
Word Origin for deform
C15: from Latin dēformāre, from de- + forma shape, beauty
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Word Origin and History for deformative
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