deform
verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French desfurmer, from Latin deformare, from de- + formare to form, from forma form Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to spoil the form of 2. a. to spoil the looks of ; disfigure <
a face deformed by bitterness
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b. to mar the character of <
a marriage deformed by jealousy
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3. to alter the shape of by stress intransitive verb to become misshapen or changed in shapedeformable adjective Synonyms: deform, distort, contort, warp means to mar or spoil by or as if by twisting. deform may imply a change of shape through stress, injury, or some accident of growth <
his face was deformed by hatred
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. distort and contort both imply a wrenching from the natural, normal, or justly proportioned, but contort suggests a more involved twisting and a more grotesque and painful result <
the odd camera angle distorts the figure in the photograph
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<
disease had painfully contorted her body
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. warp indicates physically an uneven shrinking that bends or twists out of a flat plane <
warped floorboards
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Deform — Deform …   Википедия

  • deform — deform, distort, contort, warp mean to mar or spoil a person s or thing s appearance, character, true nature, or development by or as if by twisting. Deform is the least specific of these terms in its implications; sometimes, it carries no… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Deform — De*form , a. [L. deformis; de + forma form: cf. OF. deforme, F. difforme. Cf. {Difform}.] Deformed; misshapen; shapeless; horrid. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Sight so deform what heart of rock could long Dry eyed behold? Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deform — De*form , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deformed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Deforming}.] [L. deformare; de + formare to form, shape, fr. forma: cf. F. d[ e]former. See {Form}.] 1. To spoil the form of; to mar in form; to misshape; to disfigure. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • deform — [dē fôrm′, difôrm′] vt. [ME deformen < OFr deformer < L deformare < de , from + forma, FORM] 1. to impair the form or shape of 2. to make ugly; disfigure 3. Physics to change the shape of by pressure or stress vi. to become deformed SYN …   English World dictionary

  • Deform — (v. lat.), ungestaltet, häßlich; daher Deformiren, verunstalten, entstellen; Deformität, jede von der normalen abweichende Bildung des Körpers od. eines Theiles desselben, ursprünglich (Bildungsfehler) od. später durch Verletzung, Krankheit od.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Deform — (lat.), von abweichender Form, mißgestaltet; deformieren, in der Form verändern, verunstalten; über Deformationen in der Physik s. Elastizität und Plastizität; über mineralogische und geologische Deformationen s. Metamorphismus. In der Botanik… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Defórm — (lat.), mißgestaltet; Deformation, Entstellung, Verunstaltung; deformieren, verunstalten. Deformitäten, Mißgestaltungen des Körpers …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

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  • deform — index camouflage, contort, damage, deface, denature, disorganize, distort, mutilate, spoil ( …   Law dictionary

  • deform — c.1400, to disfigure, from O.Fr. deformer (13c.), from L. deformare put out of shape, disfigure, from de (see DE (Cf. de )) + formare (see FORM (Cf. form)). Related: Deformed; deforming …   Etymology dictionary

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