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deformation

Syllabification: de·for·ma·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdēfôrˈmāSH(ə)n
 
, ˌdefərˈmāSH(ə)n
 
/

Definition of deformation in English:

noun

1The action or process of changing in shape or distorting, especially through the application of pressure: solid rock undergoing slow deformation
More example sentences
  • Bridges can be designed either to remain elastic during the design earthquake or to undergo irreversible but controlled deformation or displacement.
  • The possibility that this scrappy specimen has also undergone very significant deformation should be considered.
  • When the load exceeds a value corresponding to the yield strength, the specimen undergoes gross plastic deformation.
1.1The result of a distorting process: the deformation will be temporary
More example sentences
  • Fatigue results in a brittle-appearing fracture, with no gross deformation at the fracture.
  • If you weigh 80 kg or more, you must be especially vigilant and have your bicycle inspected regularly for any evidence of cracks, deformation, or other signs of fatigue or stress.
  • The X-ray showed no apparent damage or deformation.
1.2An altered form of a word, especially one used to avoid overt profanity (e.g., dang for damn).

Derivatives

deformational

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Leslie & Higgings described four deformational phases in the same region.
  • The age of the deformational fabrics is not known with certainty.

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