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."

Primary Meanings of deform

1.
v
assume a different shape or form
2.
v
make formless
Full Definitions of deform
1

v assume a different shape or form

Synonyms:
change form, change shape
Types:
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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
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

v 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
Types:
morph
change shape as via computer animation
Type of:
distort, twine, twist
form into a spiral shape

v become misshapen

“The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake”
Type of:
change form, change shape
assume a different shape or form

v alter the shape of (something) by stress

“His body was deformed by leprosy”
Synonyms:
distort, strain
Types:
jaundice
distort adversely
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form

Synonyms:
bend, flex, turn, twist
Antonyms:
unbend
free from flexure
Types:
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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
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v make formless

“the heat deformed the plastic sculpture”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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