Etymology
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deform (v.)

c. 1400, deformen, difformen, "to disfigure, mar the natural form or shape of," from Old French deformer (13c.) and directly from Latin deformare "put out of shape, disfigure," from de (see de-) + formare "to shape, fashion, build," also figurative, from forma "form, contour, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). Related: Deformed; deforming.

Origin and meaning of deform

updated on October 13, 2021

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Definitions of deform from WordNet

deform (v.)
make formless;
the heat deformed the plastic sculpture
deform (v.)
twist and press out of shape;
Synonyms: contort / distort / wring
deform (v.)
cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form;
Synonyms: flex / bend / twist / turn
deform (v.)
become misshapen;
The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake
deform (v.)
alter the shape of (something) by stress;
His body was deformed by leprosy
Synonyms: distort / strain
deform (v.)
assume a different shape or form;
Synonyms: change shape / change form
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