deform[dē fôrm′, di-]
deform definition by Webster's New World
- to impair the form or shape of
- to make ugly; disfigure
- Physics to change the shape of by pressure or stress
Origin: Middle English deformen ; from Old French deformer ; from Classical Latin deformare ; from de-, from plush forma, form
deform definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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