• WordNet 3.6
    • v deform assume a different shape or form
    • v deform alter the shape of (something) by stress "His body was deformed by leprosy"
    • v deform become misshapen "The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake"
    • v deform cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form "bend the rod","twist the dough into a braid","the strong man could turn an iron bar"
    • v deform twist and press out of shape
    • v deform make formless "the heat deformed the plastic sculpture"
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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.
    • a Deform Deformed; misshapen; shapeless; horrid. "Sight so deform what heart of rock could long
      Dry-eyed behold?"
    • Deform To render displeasing; to deprive of comeliness, grace, or perfection; to dishonor. "Above those passions that this world deform ."
    • Deform To spoil the form of; to mar in form; to misshape; to disfigure. "Deformed , unfinished, sent before my time
      Into this breathing world."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • deform To change or alter the form of; convert into a new form or shape.
    • deform Specifically To mar the natural form or shape of; put out of shape; disfigure, as by malformation of a limb or some other part of the body.
    • deform To render ugly, ungraceful, or displeasing; mar the beauty of; spoil: as, to deform the person by unbecoming dress; to deform the character by vicious conduct.
    • deform Disfigured; being of an unnatural, distorted, or disproportioned form; displeasing to the eye.
    • deform To form; fashion; delineate; engrave.
    • deform In geometry, to bend without stretching or tearing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Deform de-form′ to alter or injure the form of: to disfigure
    • adj Deform (Milt.) hideous, unshapely
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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. deformare,; de-, + formare, to form, shape, fr. forma,: cf. F. déformer,. See Form


In literature:

He was a poor little creature, so cruelly deformed that at the first glance one could not have told his age or the nature of his infirmity.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
We never mind much a nose, unless it be ugly to a deformity, or a model for the sculptor.
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
There are few countries where deformities and abnormalities are as common as they are in Persia.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Many a beauty might have coveted the meek yet heavenly look which threw sweetness over the pale features of the deformed girl.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Oh, he is deformed, he is terribly deformed, his shoulders are not abreast of one another.
"Clair de Lune" by Michael Strange
Leafy carpel of rose, with deformed ovules 274 152.
"Vegetable Teratology" by Maxwell T. Masters
Horses with this deformity should never be left entirely at pasture.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
There are sometimes certain deformities of the vagina, but no woman should knowingly seek matrimonial relations when thus afflicted.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
For as yet the burden of deformity rested upon him very lightly.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Deformities are undoubtedly sometimes transmitted to the progeny.
"The Physical Life of Woman:" by Dr. George H Napheys

In poetry:

Thy peace rebuke our feverish stir,
Thy beauty our deforming strife;
Thy woods and waters minister
The healing of their life.
"Kenoza Lake" by John Greenleaf Whittier
A poor old slave, infirm and lame;
Great scars deformed his face;
On his forehead he bore the brand of shame,
And the rags, that hid his mangled frame,
Were the livery of disgrace.
"The Slave In The Dismal Swamp" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In youth he buds like flow'rets in their prime,
And moves triumphant like the vigorous day;
No wintry blast deforms the smiling clime,
But health and pleasures bland around him play.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
Wealth and pomp and power are idols
Worshipped by their devotees:
But religion's influence bridles
All esteem for things like these:
They are trappings meant to hide
The deformities of pride.
""Ye cannot serve God and Mammon"" by John Bowring
Long cradled by the mountain wind,
Thy mates the eagle and the storm,
Arise! and from thy brow unbind
The wreath that gives its starry form,
And smite the strength that would thy grace deform!
""Oh Liberty, I Wait For Thee"" by Gabriel de la Concepcion Valdes
If hush'd the loud whirlwind that ruffled the deep,
The sky, if no longer dark tempests deform;
When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?
No!—Here's to the Pilot who weather'd the storm!
"The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm" by George Canning

In news:

Coughlin M Lesser toe deformities.
Frequency spectra are plotted versus mechanical deformation in the diagram.
Distal tibial osteotomies are powerful corrective procedures surgeons often use for realignment of various ankle deformities.
Deformation analysis optimized use of suction cups under combined load for robotic product handling with vacuum gripping heads.
Deformation analysis optimized use of suction cup s under combined load for robotic product handling with vacuum gripping heads.
For many people, the mere mention of thalidomide evokes horrible memories of thousands of babies born with flipperlike limbs and other gross deformities.
Also inspect ratchet tie-down s for web straps, and look for cracked or deformed frames, damaged or missing pawls, ratchet teeth, and handle release cams.
Triangulation sensors are ideal for monitoring the distance to small, fragile parts or soft surfaces susceptible to deformation if touched by a probe.
Solomon and colleagues developed a three-dimensional model of deformations in Mercury's crust in the Caloris Basin and then modeled the effect of an asteroid impact at the centre.
It feels like out of all the countries they have highest number of freakishly over the top weird deformities.
She was born just before Christmas of 2002 with two fully developed hind legs and a single deformed front leg.
The title character is a gruesomely deformed superhero touted as Jersey's first.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because she was physically deformed, officials said yesterday.
ISLAMABAD – Pakistani police arrested a man accused of burying his newborn daughter alive because she was physically deformed, officials said Saturday.
She's had surgery to correct the problem, but it wasn't totally successful due to the amount of the deformity.

In science:

In other words we expect smooth 4-manifolds with several different 2-handlebody “structures”, so the definition of “Heegard decomposition” must include the handlebody structures, not just the underlying manifolds. • 2-deformation The results give embeddings of 2-complexes as spines, but only after 2-deformation.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
E varies in the pencil |OS (E )|, the corresponding KodairaSpencer map to the tangent space of the versal deformation space of E at the origin is nontrivial, or equivalently, the map to the versal deformation space of E is unramified over the origin.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
One could also define as a property of a complex deformation class (i.e., as the requirement that all the real surfaces that are C-deformation equivalent to a given one should be quasi-simple).
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
Then it remains to show that whenever the corresponding complex deformation classes overlap, the real surfaces are deformation equivalent; this is done in 4.2.
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple
In order to prove Theorem 2.2, we consider a real rational surface X and show that, up to deformation, X has a certain canonical minimal model whose topology and, hence, deformation type is determined by the topology of the real structure of X .
Real Rational Surfaces Are Quasi-Simple