from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To spoil the natural form of; misshape: a body that had been deformed by disease.
- transitive v. To spoil the beauty or appearance of; disfigure.
- transitive v. Physics To alter the shape of by pressure or stress.
- transitive v. Geology To change the original state or size of a rock mass, especially by folding or faulting.
- intransitive v. To become deformed. See Synonyms at distort.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To remove the form of.
- v. To remove the looks of; to disfigure; as, a face deformed by bitterness.
- v. To mar the character of; as, a marriage deformed by jealousy.
- v. To alter the shape of by stress.
- v. To become misshapen or changed in shape.
- adj. Deformed, misshapen.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To spoil the form of; to mar in form; to misshape; to disfigure.
- transitive v. To render displeasing; to deprive of comeliness, grace, or perfection; to dishonor.
- adj. Deformed; misshapen; shapeless; horrid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To change or alter the form of; convert into a new form or shape.
- Specifically To mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure, as by malformation of a limb or some other part of the body.
- To render ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil: as, to deform the person by unbecoming dress; to deform the character by vicious conduct.
- Disfigured; being of an unnatural, distorted, or disproportioned form; displeasing to the eye.
- To form; fashion; delineate; engrave.
- In geometry, to bend without stretching or tearing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. assume a different shape or form
- v. alter the shape of (something) by stress
- v. make formless
- v. twist and press out of shape
- v. become misshapen
- v. cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
Middle English deformen, from Old French deformer, from Latin dēfōrmāre : dē-, de- + fōrma, form.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English deformen, from Old French deformer, from Latin deformare, infinitive of deformo, from de- + formo ("to form"), from the noun forma ("form"). (Wiktionary)