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Syllabification: de·form
Pronunciation: /dəˈfôrm

Definition of deform in English:


[with object]
1Distort the shape or form of; make misshapen: he was physically deformed by a rare bone disease
More example sentences
  • So, anything that serves to deform the shape of the Earth will affect the speed with which it spins.
  • It also deforms the shape of the red blood cell enough that it's destroyed by the body, thus the anemia.
  • You can turn boxy shapes into organic ones by pushing and pulling on any point or by deforming the shape to an existing curve, while still maintaining the original engineering intent.
disfigure, bend out of shape, contort, buckle, warp;
damage, impair
misshapen, distorted, dysmorphic, malformed, contorted, out of shape;
twisted, crooked, warped, buckled, gnarled;
crippled, humpbacked, hunchbacked, disfigured, grotesque;
injured, damaged, mutilated, mangled
1.1 [no object] Become distorted or misshapen; undergo deformation: the suspension deforms slightly on corners
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  • However, when armor was hit on a particular spot, just above the energy core, the pressure would cause the plate to deform slightly.
  • Due to the resilience of the epoxy over Portland cement, the epoxy will deform slightly under point or line loading.
  • Brass is able to deform slightly, hence a good bit of tightening causes the ferule to seal nicely against the pipe.


late Middle English: from Old French desformer, via medieval Latin from Latin deformare, from de- (expressing reversal) + forma 'a shape'.



Example sentences
  • Six airbags, state of the art four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and deformable roof lining all work to protect cabin occupants.
  • The software recognizes deformable surfaces and allows up to seven per cent wheelspin, because sometimes you need to let the tires dig into snow or sand just a little bit to gain traction.
  • Each vehicle is fully deformable, with impacts on individual parts of the chassis giving rise to lost doors, dented bodywork and smashed windscreens.

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