deform

To deform is to force something to have a new shape by pushing or twisting it. While some kids love to shape animals out of clay, others prefer to deform their friends' elephants and puppies.

In physics or engineering, to deform something is to change its shape by applying force. You're more likely to come across the word deformed, used either as an adjective or a verb: "My cat's paws are deformed—see, she's got two extra toes on every foot." The source of this word is the verb deform, or "disfigure," which comes from the Latin deformare, "put out of shape."

Definitions of deform
  1. verb
    assume a different shape or form
    synonyms: change form, change shape
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    roll
    take the shape of a roll or cylinder
    grain, granulate
    become granular
    bulge, pouch, protrude
    swell or protrude outwards
    point, sharpen, taper
    give a point to
    furl, roll up
    form into a cylinder by rolling
    flatten, flatten out
    become flat or flatter
    draw
    contract
    batter, dinge
    make a dent or impression in
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
    bend, flex, turn, twist
    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    bend, flex
    form a curve
    extend, stretch, stretch out, unfold
    extend or stretch out to a greater or the full length
    bug out, bulge, bulge out, come out, pop, pop out, protrude, start
    bulge outward
    bulk
    stick out or up
    acuminate
    make sharp or acute; taper; make (something) come to a point
    douse
    lower quickly
    reef
    roll up (a portion of a sail) in order to reduce its area
    bolt
    make or roll into bolts
    splat
    flatten on impact
    gather in, take in
    fold up
    brail
    take in a sail with a brail
    dent, indent
    make a depression into
    incurvate
    cause to curve inward
    gnarl
    twist into a state of deformity
    crank
    bend into the shape of a crank
    convolute, convolve
    curl, wind, or twist together
    wrench, wring
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
    contort, distort, wring
    twist and press out of shape
    press
    place between two surfaces and apply weight or pressure
    entangle, mat, snarl, tangle
    twist together or entwine into a confusing mass
    enlace, entwine, interlace, intertwine, lace, twine
    spin,wind, or twist together
    spin
    work natural fibers into a thread
    interweave, weave
    interlace by or as if by weaving
    crook, curve
    bend or cause to bend
    arc, arch, curve
    form an arch or curve
    incurvate
    bend inwards
    replicate, retroflex
    bend or turn backward
    angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
    incline or bend from a vertical position
    bend, bow, crouch, stoop
    bend one's back forward from the waist on down
    double, double over, double up
    bend over or curl up, usually with laughter or pain
    cower, crawl, creep, cringe, fawn, grovel
    show submission or fear
    curl, curl up, draw in
    shape one's body into a curl
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    twist and press out of shape
    synonyms: contort, distort, wring
    wrench, wring
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
    wring
    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
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    morph
    change shape as via computer animation
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    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  3. verb
    become misshapen
    “The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake”
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    change form, change shape
    assume a different shape or form
  4. verb
    alter the shape of (something) by stress
    “His body was deformed by leprosy”
    synonyms: distort, strain
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    jaundice
    distort adversely
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    form, shape
    give shape or form to
  5. verb
    cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
    synonyms: bend, flex, turn, twist
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    unbend
    free from flexure
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    dent, indent
    make a depression into
    incurvate
    cause to curve inward
    gnarl
    twist into a state of deformity
    crank
    bend into the shape of a crank
    convolute, convolve
    curl, wind, or twist together
    type of:
    change form, change shape
    assume a different shape or form
  6. verb
    make formless
    “the heat deformed the plastic sculpture”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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