Definition of Deform

1. Verb. Make formless. "The heat deformed the plastic sculpture"

Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Deformation

2. Verb. Twist and press out of shape.
Exact synonyms: Contort, Distort, Wring
Specialized synonyms: Morph
Generic synonyms: Distort, Twine, Twist
Related verbs: Wrench, Wring, Wring
Derivative terms: Contortion, Contortion, Deformation, Deformation, Distortion

3. Verb. Cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form. "They deform the glass tubes"; "The strong man could turn an iron bar"
Exact synonyms: Bend, Flex, Turn, Twist
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape
Specialized synonyms: Dent, Indent, Incurvate, Gnarl, Crank, Convolute, Convolve
Derivative terms: Bend, Bendable, Bender, Deformation, Deformation, Flexible
Antonyms: Unbend

4. Verb. Become misshapen. "The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake"
Generic synonyms: Change Form, Change Shape
Derivative terms: Deformation, Deformation

5. Verb. Alter the shape of (something) by stress. "His body was deformed by leprosy"
Exact synonyms: Distort, Strain
Generic synonyms: Form, Shape
Specialized synonyms: Jaundice
Derivative terms: Deformation, Strain

6. Verb. Assume a different shape or form.

Definition of Deform

1. v. t. To spoil the form of; to mar in form; to misshape; to disfigure.

2. a. Deformed; misshapen; shapeless; horrid.

Definition of Deform

1. Verb. (transitive) To remove the form of. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To remove the looks of; to disfigure; as, a face deformed by bitterness. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To mar the character of; as, a marriage deformed by jealousy. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To alter the shape of by stress. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To become misshapen or changed in shape. ¹

6. Adjective. (obsolete) Deformed, misshapen. ¹

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Definition of Deform

1. to spoil the form of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Deform

1. Deformed; misshapen; shapeless; horrid. "Sight so deform what heart of rock could long Dry-eyed behold?" (Milton) Origin: L. Deformis; de- + forma form: cf. OF. Deforme, F. Difforme. Cf. Difform. 1. To spoil the form of; to mar in form; to misshape; to disfigure. "Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world." (Shak) 2. To render displeasing; to deprive of comeliness, grace, or perfection; to dishonor. "Above those passions that this world deform." (Thomson) Origin: L. Deformare; de- + formare to form, shape, fr. Forma: cf. F. Deformer. See Form. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Deform

deform (current term)
deformation energy
deformation retract
deformation retracted

Literary usage of Deform

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1837)
"In silence mend what ills deform thy mind ; But all thy good impart to all thy kind. THE BULE OF ACTION. CANT. Ü ! sacred Cant 1 how canting men declaim, ..."

2. The British Theatre; Or, A Collection of Plays: Which are Acted at the by Inchbald, Elizabeth Inchbald (1808)
"Ah, that poor corse! pale! pale! deform'd with murder! Is that my Sigismunda ? [Throws himself down by her. THE END. ..."

3. Lessing's Laokoon by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Albert Hamann (1878)
"Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, deform'd, unfinish'd, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and ..."

4. The Works of William Robertson: To which is Prefixed an Account of His Life by William Robertson, Alexander Stewart (1820)
"... a series of wars, the motives as well as the consequences of which were unimportant, fill and deform the annals of all the nations hi Europe, ..."

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