deform

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[ dih-fawrm ]
/ dɪˈfɔrm /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. defoliation,
  2. deforce,
  3. deforciant,
  4. deforest,
  5. deforestation,
  6. deformalize,
  7. deformation,
  8. deformed,
  9. deformed bar,
  10. deformeter

Origin of deform

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1350–1400; Middle English deformen < Latin dēfōrmāre, equivalent to dē- de- + fōrmāre to form

SYNONYMS FOR deform
1. misshape. See mar. 2. ruin.

Related forms
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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


British Dictionary definitions for deformative

deform

/ (dɪˈfɔːm) /

verb

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
Derived Formsdeformable, adjectivedeformability, noundeformer, noun

Word Origin for deform

C15: from Latin dēformāre, from de- + forma shape, beauty

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Word Origin and History for deformative

deform

v.

c.1400, "to disfigure," from Old French deformer (13c.), from Latin deformare "put out of shape, disfigure," from de- (see de-) + formare (see form (v.)). Related: Deformed; deforming.

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