• WordNet 3.6
    • n deformity an appearance that has been spoiled or is misshapen "there were distinguishing disfigurements on the suspect's back","suffering from facial disfiguration"
    • n deformity an affliction in which some part of the body is misshapen or malformed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Colored diamonds are caused by impurities such as nitrogen (yellow), boron (blue). With red diamonds being due to deformities in the structure of the stone, and green ones being the result of irradiation.
    • Deformity Anything that destroys beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from order or the established laws of propriety; as, deformity in an edifice; deformity of character. "Confounded, that her Maker's eyes
      Should look so near upon her foul deformities ."
    • Deformity The state of being deformed; want of proper form or symmetry; any unnatural form or shape; distortion; irregularity of shape or features; ugliness. "To make an envious mountain on my back,
      Where sits deformity to mock my body."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deformity Physical malformation or distortion; disproportion or unnatural development of a part or parts. The commonest external deformities of the person are humpback, clubfoot, inequality of limbs, harelip, and squinting.
    • n deformity Lack of that which constitutes, or the presence of that which destroys, beauty, grace, or propriety; irregularity; absurdity; gross deviation from established rules: as, deformity in an edifice; deformity of character.
    • n deformity Lack of uniformity or conformity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Deformity state of being deformed: want of proper form: ugliness: disfigurement: anything that destroys beauty: an ugly feature or characteristic
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  • Cato The Elder
    “Old age has deformities enough of its own. It should never add to them the deformity of vice.”
  • John Webster
    John Webster
    “There is not in nature, a thing that makes man so deformed, so beastly, as doth intemperate anger.”
  • John Ruskin
    “No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.”
  • Thomas Dekker
    Thomas Dekker
    “A mask of gold hides all deformities.”
  • Leon Blum
    Leon Blum
    “When a woman is twenty, a child deforms her; when she is thirty, he preserves her; and when forty, he makes her young again.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
    “It seems to be a law of nature that no man, unless he has some obvious physical deformity, ever is loth to sit for his portrait.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. deformitas, fr. deformis,: cf. OF. deformeté, deformité, F. difformité,. See Deform (v.) & (a.), and cf. Disformity
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. deformis, ugly—de, from, forma, beauty.


In literature:

He would have disliked having a deformed boy for his companion, even if Philip had not been the son of a bad man.
"The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot
Here the king may live with such approach to nature as his false and deformed education will allow.
"Castilian Days" by John Hay
All the doctors were consulted as to the cause and the cure of this deformity.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Another man is deformed, wrinkled, bent.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Her tender side is gored; her spotless and snowy coat is deformed with blood.
"Imogen" by William Godwin
And he ended by distinguishing Laveuve's white, worn, sunken, deformed head.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Only she spoke with so much difficulty owing to the deformity of her mouth, that she had not yet been able to secure a turn.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
The moral beauty transcended the loathsomeness of physical evil and deformity.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII) Margaret Smith's Journal in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, 1678-9; Tales and Sketches; My Summer with Dr. Singletary: A Fragment; and Others" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The moral beauty transcended the loathsomeness of physical evil and deformity.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And if my back Were not deformed, none could compete with me.
"Moorish Literature" by Anonymous
She was beautiful, but she was deformed.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol. I" by Various
To degrade man tends to deform him.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The children ranged from three years to fourteen, and the deformed girl was nearly twenty.
"Tramping with Tramps" by Josiah Flynt
This bazar is the great deformity of the city.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
Since that time they must have been deformed.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
Complete restitution of epiphysis without deformity of humerus.
"Scurvy Past and Present" by Alfred Fabian Hess
A deformity, an eye-sore.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
"An Eye for an Eye" by William Le Queux
Most of them were hideously deformed.
"The Metal Moon" by Everett C. Smith
Few deformed or crippled members of this tribe are seen.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray

In poetry:

Rainbows! that over-arch a storm,
Or dance around a waterfall,
Tornadoes! that earth's face deform,—
Teach us, O teach us, in this hall.
"Hymns For Dedication XI" by John Pierpont
"Descend," she cries, "thou hated shower,
Deform my limpid waves to-day,
For I have chose a fairer hour
To take my fill of love and play!"
"The Halcyon" by William Shenstone
The sinful painter drapes his goddess warm,
Because she still is naked, being drest;
The godlike sculptor will not so deform
Beauty, which bones and flesh enough invest.
"Painting And Sculpture" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Weak words he has, that slip the nerveless tongue
Deformed, like his great frame: a broken arc:
Once radiant as the javelin flung
Right at the centre breastplate of his mark.
"Bellerophon" by George Meredith
But how among the dearest brood
Calamity will oft intrude,
And fairest hopes prevent;
How quick can desolation's storm
With horrid agonies deform,
The scene of sweet content!
"The Stork" by William Hayley
AT first, when man received his form,
Nae sin nor guilt did him deform,
In Eden's garden free frae storm,
A lovely flower;
But soon became like a vain worm,
And lost his power
"The Loss Of Man's Happiness" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

A deformed foot limited her ability to participate in activities with family and friends, so in 2004 she chose to have her left leg amputated below the knee and replaced with a prosthetic limb.
The deformed heart of monstrous Obamacare is sick and secularist social engineering.
How to help your daughter navigate playground stares and questions about her deformed arm.
It makes the clay body stable for a water-based glaze application without deforming the pottery.
Sternocleidomastoid muscle flap reconstruction during parotidectomy to prevent Frey's syndrome and facial contour deformity.
Walter's Tiger-tec Silver turning tool is designed to reduce crater and flank wear and plastic deformation.
Erythrocyte deformability is lower than normal in uncontrolled insulin-dependent diabetics and returns towards normal after 24 h treatment with a feedback-controlled insulin infusion.
Therefore, insulin has a direct action on erythrocyte deformability .
Powdermet, Inc announced the initial operational status of its new microcomposite deformation processing facility in Euclid, Ohio.
STP1280 Multiaxial Fatigue and Deformation Testing Techniques.
Notable deaths in sports, A to M. Deformed fish found in lake downstream from oilsands.
Students discovered deformed frogs in 1995.
She's had surgery to correct the problem, but it wasn't totally successful due to the amount of the deformity.
Four days after having part of her deformed legs amputated, Juliana Williams, left, sits with Mama Lynn, right, at the Ronald McDonald House in Orange.
Delphi Technologies Inc (DTI), a Delphi Corp. Subsidiary, has started a new welding company called SpaceForm Inc to commercialize its deformation resistance welding (DRW) technology within the mobile space-frame market.

In science:

In section 3 we have derived the condition (3.6) that an infinitesimal deformation generated by X must satisfy in order to deform a generalized complex cycle into another generalized complex cycle.
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
In this section we will see how these equivalence classes of infinitesimal deformations corresponds to infinitesimal deformations of the generalized calibrated cycles of [11, 12].
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
In short, in appendix A we show that in the equivalence class of deformations preserving the F-flatness condition there is one and only one deformation preserving the D-flatness condition.
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
The question of which of these first order deformations can actually be integrated to an unobstructed finite deformation is out of the scope of this paper.
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
NΣ , a describes the complex combination of the geometric deformation of Σ and the component of the gauge field in T ⊥⋆ Σ , while b 0,1 describes the component of the gauge field deformation in T ⋆0,1 .
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
T ⊥ Σ , is completely analogous to the result on deformations of special Lagrangian submanifolds, while the second line is reminiscent of the gauge deformations of a B-brane and comes from the requirement that the deformation generated by b preserves the condition that (ω |TΣ )−1F |TΣ squares to −1.
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
We shall, for the sake of expediency, regard the generalized commutation relation as due to a deformation, as a result of quantum gravity and accordingly refer to the system obeying Eq.(3) as deformed; we shall refer to the limit β → 0 simply as the undeformed case.
Generalized Heisenberg relation and Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
Consequently, the theorem prevails in its standard form even in the deformed case, such as when the deformation arises from quantum gravity.
Generalized Heisenberg relation and Quantum Harmonic Oscillators
By standard facts of deformation theory, the infinitesimal deformations of a Lie algebra are parametrized by the second cohomology of the Lie algebra with values in the adjoint representation (see for example [GER64]).
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras I
However, chiral marginal deformations are truly marginal ones: hence, the deformed model will change only for a redefinition of boundary conditions (hence boundary states and boundary field spectra).
From random Regge triangulations to open strings
By standard facts of deformation theory, the infinitesimal deformations of a Lie algebra are parametrized by the second cohomology of the Lie algebra with values in the adjoint representation (see for example [GER64]).
Infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras II
Moreover, if (L, [p]) is the simple restricted Lie algebra corresponding to the simple finite group scheme G, then the infinitesimal deformations of G correspond to restricted infinitesimal deformations of (L, [p]), that are infinitesimal deformations that admit a restricted structure.
Restricted simple Lie algebras and their infinitesimal deformations
Klebanov-Strassler (KS) solution and take its S-dual.21 The resulting solution is essentially given by a deformed conifold with N units of H -flux on the S 3 deformation of the tip of the cone.
D-brane networks in flux vacua, generalized cycles and calibrations
The only other possible linear deformation, q -deformation of the commutation relation, is ruled out because it does not allow either microcausality or classicality to be satisfied, and we will not consider here the possibility of deformed anticommutation relations.
Lie fields revisited
Since the restricted infinitesimal deformations of a restricted Lie algebra g correspond to the infinitesimal deformations of the associated finite group scheme G of height one, the above results give the infinitesimal deformations of some simple finite group schemes (see [VIV4] and [VIV5] for more details).
Restricted infinitesimal deformations of restricted simple Lie algebras