Definition of deformation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action or process of deforming or distorting.

    ‘solid rock undergoing slow deformation’
    • ‘When the load exceeds a value corresponding to the yield strength, the specimen undergoes gross plastic deformation.’
    • ‘In physics, something plastic is capable of undergoing continuous deformation without rupture or relaxation; in biology it denotes the ability to form new tissue.’
    • ‘Bridges can be designed either to remain elastic during the design earthquake or to undergo irreversible but controlled deformation or displacement.’
    • ‘Thus it was able to undergo intense transformations, such as mechanical deformation or metamorphism, but remain always in proximity to the surface.’
    • ‘The possibility that this scrappy specimen has also undergone very significant deformation should be considered.’
    • ‘Quartz veins are abundant throughout the property and most appear to be related to Cretaceous deformation of the country rocks.’
    • ‘This process involves two complementary kinds of deformation.’
    • ‘Color-coding depicts the direction and magnitude of the deformation, with red indicating deformation along the outward normal of the structure and blue along the inward normal.’
    • ‘The outer zones accommodate the most deformation and energy absorption, while less deformation takes place the closer the collision approaches the passenger compartment.’
    • ‘There was asphalt cracking due to tensile strain resulting from plastic deformation within the crushed rock.’
    • ‘The Catalinas, in all of their grandeur, are going through that process of deformation right now.’
    • ‘This again is a criterion of little value in high-strain rocks, where fine banding is a common consequence of deformation.’
    • ‘At high enough stresses, irreversible processes accompany deformation.’
    • ‘It is a light grey, porphyritic volcanic to subvolcanic rock, which shows almost no deformation.’
    • ‘These descriptions indicate that there has been no significant crystal deformation in these rocks.’
    • ‘He proposed that insight into the mechanism of rock deformation could be obtained by subjecting confined samples to high pressures in the laboratory.’
    • ‘He may have some recollection of a study of cattle in fields downwind of the Steelworks, which indicated that fluorides deposited in these fields eaten by cattle produced discoloration of teeth and deformation of hooves.’
    • ‘Subsequently, between the Late Proterozoic and the Mesozoic, the rocks throughout the region suffered periodic episodes of deformation.’
    • ‘It indicates that some deformation and erosion of the Annascaul rocks occurred prior to deposition of the Ballynane Formation.’
    • ‘As a result, the culverts may undergo excessive deformation or failure rendering the culverts unserviceable.’
    warp, twist, contortion, bend, buckle, deformity, curve, curvature, malformation, disfigurement, crookedness
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    1. 1.1The result of a distorting process.
      ‘the deformation will be temporary’
      • ‘Fracture is an inhomogeneous form of deformation which can be viewed on different levels.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fatigue results in a brittle-appearing fracture, with no gross deformation at the fracture.’
      • ‘What's more impressive is the sheer amount of attention paid to in-game facial deformation based on the amount of damage you inflict or receive.’
      • ‘The X-ray showed no apparent damage or deformation.’
      distortion, malformation, contortion, buckling, twisting, warping, bending, wrenching, misshaping
      twist, warp, bend, buckle, curve
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    2. 1.2[count noun]An altered form of a word, especially one used to avoid overt profanity (e.g. dang for damn).