deform[dē fôrm′, di-]
- to impair the form or shape of
- to make ugly; disfigure
- Physics to change the shape of by pressure or stress
Origin: ME deformen < OFr deformer < L deformare < de-, from + forma, form
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verb de·formed, de·form·ing, de·forms verb, transitive
- To spoil the natural form of; misshape: a body that had been deformed by disease.
- To spoil the beauty or appearance of; disfigure.
- Physics To alter the shape of by pressure or stress.
- Geology To change the original state or size of a rock mass, especially by folding or faulting.
Origin: Middle English deformen, from Old French deformer, from Latin dēfōrmāre : dē-, de- + fōrma, form.
- de·formˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- de·formˈa·ble adjective