— deformable , adj. — deformability , n. — deformative , adj. — deformer , n.
/di fawrm"/ , v.t.
1. to mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure: In cases where the drug was taken during pregnancy, its effects deformed the infants.
2. to make ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil: The trees had been completely deformed by the force of the wind.
3. to change the form of; transform.
4. Geol. , Mech. to subject to deformation: The metal was deformed under stress.
5. to undergo deformation.
[ 1350-1400; ME deformen deformare, equiv. to de- DE- + formare to FORM ]
Syn. 1. misshape. See mar. 2. ruin.
/di fawrm"/ , adj. Archaic.
[ 1350-1400; ME defo ( u ) rme deformis, equiv. to de- DE- + -formis -FORM ]