from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of deforming.
- n. The condition of being deformed.
- n. An alteration of form for the worse.
- n. Physics An alteration of shape, as by pressure or stress.
- n. Physics The shape that results from such an alteration.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of deforming, or state of being deformed.
- n. A transformation; change of shape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of deforming, or state of anything deformed.
- n. Transformation; change of shape.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of deforming, or changing the form of; change of form.
- n. An altered form.
- n. Deformity; disfigurement.
- n. In geometry and mech., a change of shape of a body or surface without any breach of the continuity of its parts, and generally without any alteration of the size of them; relative displacement of parts; strain.
- n. In botany, any malformation or abnormal growth due to the attack of some parasite.
- n. In geology, the process whereby, under the influence of strains (usually compressive), individual strata, masses of rock, or larger portions of the earth's crust suffer change of form, as when massive rocks become schistose, flat strata are folded, or mountain-ranges are upheaved.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a change for the worse
- n. alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
- n. the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
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