[ dih-fawrm ]
/ dɪˈfɔrm /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to undergo deformation.
- deformed bar,
Origin of deform1
de·form·a·ble, adjectivede·form·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·form·a·tive, adjectivede·form·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for deformative
Living organisms alone react in a formative or deformative way to external stimuli.The Breath of Life|John Burroughs
/ (dɪˈfɔːm) /
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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