Definition of deform in English:



  • 1 Distort the shape or form of; make misshapen.

    ‘he was physically deformed by a rare bone disease’
    • ‘Don't they get blisters and hard skin and eventually deformed feet?’
    • ‘They have twisted and deformed historical facts to serve their own purposes.’
    • ‘He started drawing as a small boy during long spells in hospital to correct deformed feet.’
    • ‘Some of the bears were taken from the wild as cubs and several have missing and deformed limbs as a result of snares or leg hold traps.’
    • ‘Cells were both immobilized and controllably deformed by aspiration into a micropipette.’
    • ‘So, anything that serves to deform the shape of the Earth will affect the speed with which it spins.’
    • ‘His personality was horribly deformed; his crimes were unforgivable.’
    • ‘It also deforms the shape of the red blood cell enough that it's destroyed by the body, thus the anemia.’
    • ‘Mary's face is deformed, and she is thought to be brain damaged.’
    • ‘Americans would indignantly object if anyone said that armadillos and gophers were deformed and grotesque.’
    • ‘If more force is applied they can be plastically deformed so as to take on a permanently bent shape.’
    • ‘Corns can also develop due to deformed toes such as hammer or claw toes.’
    • ‘He was rushed to hospital where an X-ray showed that one of the major blood vessels to his heart was deformed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At a deeper level, some desires are themselves deformed by social pressures.’
    • ‘This delusion has deformed British cinema for decades, and largely blinded us to our other identity as Europeans.’
    • ‘Such a label, which stays the same no matter how much a given knot may be deformed or twisted, is known as an invariant.’
    • ‘If a material can be deformed under stress but will not return to its original shape or dimension it is not elastic.’
    • ‘However, the film is going to change those faces, and so I'm not sure if I want to see these hideously deformed new visages.’
    • ‘I can just about remember him, including the fact that his ear was deformed.’
    misshapen, distorted, malformed, contorted, out of shape
    twisted, crooked, curved, warped, buckled, gnarled
    crippled, maimed, injured, damaged, humpbacked, hunchbacked, disfigured
    ugly, unsightly, grotesque, monstrous
    marred, mutilated, mangled
    make misshapen, distort the shape of, disfigure, bend out of shape, misshape, contort, buckle, twist, warp, damage, impair, maim, injure
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    1. 1.1[no object]Become distorted or misshapen; undergo deformation.
      ‘the suspension deforms slightly on corners’
      • ‘Due to the resilience of the epoxy over Portland cement, the epoxy will deform slightly under point or line loading.’
      • ‘An example is sickle cell disease, where the red cells become rigid and deformed and break down more readily, leading to anaemia.’
      • ‘His face was jagged and scarred, his features aged and ugly, deformed over many years of struggle.’
      • ‘They are flattened and deformed, so some doubts about the identifications exist.’
      • ‘The bed's mattress deformed under the large weight, but the blackness covering the figure did not change.’
      • ‘Rocks of the Ballynane and younger formations only ever contain one pervasive fabric, unless deformed within a fault zone.’
      • ‘This surprising finding is based on the measurement of a cell's ability to resist when deformed.’
      • ‘Sure, they were discolored and deformed, but I had seen plenty of cases that were much worse.’
      • ‘Sticking a couple of partially inflated balloons up the front of it only made him look even worse, deformed rather than voluptuous.’
      • ‘I couldn't move my left foot because the thick metal of the firewall had deformed around my boot.’
      • ‘On the other hand it is less readily plastically deformed.’
      • ‘However, when armor was hit on a particular spot, just above the energy core, the pressure would cause the plate to deform slightly.’
      • ‘The majority of liposomes in these two images appear regularly spherical and not deformed.’
      • ‘His sculpted nose grew to a point, sharp at the tip and deformed in many ways.’
      • ‘In many instances, they become rough, deformed and severely reduced in size.’
      • ‘Here we examine this in detail, first looking at the case of a circular toroid deformed into an ellipse.’
      • ‘Preservation is comparatively poor and nearly all the material is crushed and deformed.’
      • ‘Brass is able to deform slightly, hence a good bit of tightening causes the ferule to seal nicely against the pipe.’
      • ‘That is, the protein remains in the solid state when deformed against a rigid surface.’
      • ‘Technician A says unless the job is done with an arbor press the tone wheel is likely to become deformed.’


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