De formation

deformation

[dee-fawr-mey-shuhn, def-er-]
noun
1.
the act of deforming; distortion; disfigurement.
2.
the result of deforming; change of form, especially for the worse.
3.
an altered form.
4.
Geology, Mechanics. a change in the shape or dimensions of a body, resulting from stress; strain.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English deformacioun < Latin dēfōrmātiōn- (stem of dēfōrmātiō), equivalent to dēfōrmāt(us) (past participle of dēfōrmāre; see deform1) + -iōn- -ion

deformational, adjective
nondeformation, noun
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deformation (ˌdiːfɔːˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of deforming; distortion
2.  the result of deforming; a change in form, esp for the worse
3.  a change in the dimensions of an object resulting from a stress

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deformation
mid-15c., from L. deformationem, noun of action from deformare (see deform).
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deformation de·for·ma·tion (dē'fôr-mā'shən, děf'ər-)
n.

  1. An alteration in shape or structure of a previously normally formed part.

  2. A deformity.

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