deform

1 [dih-fawrm]
verb (used with object)
1.
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.
2.
to make ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil: The trees had been completely deformed by the force of the wind.
3.
to change the form of; transform.
4.
Geology, Mechanics. to subject to deformation: The metal was deformed under stress.
verb (used without object)
5.
to undergo deformation.

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

deformable, adjective
deformability, noun
deformative, adjective
deformer, noun
undeformable, adjective


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

2 [dih-fawrm]
adjective Archaic.
deformed; ugly.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English defo(u)rme < Latin dēformis, equivalent to dē- de- + -formis -form

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deform (dɪˈfɔːm)
 
vb
1.  to make or become misshapen or distorted
2.  (tr) to mar the beauty of; disfigure
3.  (tr) to subject or be subjected to a stress that causes a change of dimensions
 
[C15: from Latin dēformāre, from de- + forma shape, beauty]
 
de'formable
 
adj
 
deforma'bility
 
n
 
de'former
 
n

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deform
c.1400, from O.Fr. deformer, from L. deformare "put out of shape, disfigure," from de- + formare (see form).
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Example sentences
Different kinds of metals and other materials typically deform because of
  defects in the way their molecules are put together.
On the other hand, government incentives gradually shape a culture, and can
  deform it too.
The pressure changes deform the overlying rocks, possibly jarring certain
  faults into action.
She wants to say them, but she wants to deform them so they won't be heard
  because they're so hideous.
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