• WordNet 3.6
    • n deformation the act of twisting or deforming the shape of something (e.g., yourself)
    • n deformation alteration in the shape or dimensions of an object as a result of the application of stress to it
    • n deformation a change for the worse
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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.
    • Deformation The act of deforming, or state of anything deformed.
    • Deformation Transformation; change of shape.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n deformation The act of deforming, or changing the form of; change of form.
    • n deformation An altered form.
    • n deformation Deformity; disfigurement.
    • n deformation In geometry and mech., a change of shape of a body or surface without any breach of the continuity of its parts, and generally without any alteration of the size of them; relative displacement of parts; strain.
    • n deformation In botany, any malformation or abnormal growth due to the attack of some parasite.
    • n deformation In geology, the process whereby, under the influence of strains (usually compressive), individual strata, masses of rock, or larger portions of the earth's crust suffer change of form, as when massive rocks become schistose, flat strata are folded, or mountain-ranges are upheaved.
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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. deformatio,: cf. F. déformation,


In literature:

Most members of the white race have little toes that are partly atrophied, and considerably deformed.
"Applied Eugenics" by Paul Popenoe and Roswell Hill Johnson
Tight shoes with extremely high heels deform the feet and interfere with their health.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
There was a king and queen who were dotingly fond of their only son, notwithstanding that he was equally deformed in mind and person.
"The Fairy Book" by Dinah Maria Mulock (AKA Miss Mulock)
Nobody thought of her, she said, and she was nothing because she was deformed, and a cripple.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
If the deformity consists in the misplacement of certain organs, the omen is invariably bad.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
Deformities of the pelvis, etc., should rule out a consideration of pregnancy.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
Deformities of ferns are sometimes sought after by fern-growers.
"On the Genesis of Species" by St. George Mivart
No deformity of body can conceal a beautiful spirit.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Handsome, haughty gentlewoman of English birth, married to a deformed scholar, whom she does not love.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
I saw this deformity frequently, both with Lee-Metford and Mauser bullets.
"Surgical Experiences in South Africa, 1899-1900" by George Henry Makins

In poetry:

Nor yet, my Delia, to the main
Runs the sweet tide without a stain
Unsullied as it seems;
Thy nymphs of many a sable flood
Deform with streaks of oozy mud
The bosom of the Thames.
"See Where The Thames, The Purest Stream" by William Cowper
And O! if again the rude whirlwind should rise!
The dawning of Peace should fresh darkness deform,
The regrets of the good, and the fears of the wise,
Shall turn to the Pilot that weather'd the storm!
"The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm" by George Canning
And such, even now, in earliest youth are seen;
But would they live, with armour more deform
Their breasts made soft by too much love must screen: —
"The bird that sweetest sings can least endure the storm.
"Description Of Egla" by Maria Gowen Brooks
O SAY, if into sudden storm
Some future cloud we may not shun
Should burst, and Love’s bright world deform,
His and your Poet leaving one
Scorning and scorned of heartless men,—
Belov’ed, would you love me then?
"The Enquiry" by Charles Harpur
Do you know the reason for his success (no we don't so tell us)
They say that he was double blessed (not like you fellas)
They say that Stacy Brown was born just a little bit deformed
Still his girl friends they all wake up smilin' every morn
"Stacy Brown Got Two" by Shel Silverstein
Upon my meanness, poverty, and guilt,
The trophy of thy glory shall be built;
My self–disdain shall be the unshaken base,
And my deformity its fairest grace;
For destitute of good, and rich in ill,
Must be my state and my description still.
"The Nativity" by William Cowper

In news:

BROOKLYN, NY — Kickstand (www. kickstand .tv), creator of the StretchMesh plug-in for Autodesk Maya software, has launched a campaign to evolve StretchMesh Surface Deformation software into Open Source technology.
They're tough, easy to make and won't permanently deform as a result of a hard landing.
That's the reality for some kids born with leg deformities.
Analysis of Two Trials Identified No Longitudinal Stent Deformation With Boston Scientific Stents.
Resisting cracking, deformation, and premature wear: Powder metallurgical steels provide an alternative to conventional tool steels.
Biology faculty members study deformities in amphibians and genetics in birds.
Teen plagued by spinal deformity shares her battle.
At a time when most young girls are preoccupied with fashion and having a perfect figure, a 14-year-old from Connecticut is drawing attention to her deformity.
Deformities in trout caused by selenium .
All kinds of deformities in trout caused by selenium released from the Smoky Canyon Mine.
Yes, the shrubs can be transplanted, but they may be pretty leggy and deformed with bare areas where they were growing into other plants.
Spina bifida occurs in one of 2000 livebirths and leads to lifelong and devastating physical disabilities including paraplegia, hydrocephalus, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, skeletal deformations, and mental impairment.
Sternocleidomastoid muscle flap reconstruction during parotidectomy to prevent Frey's syndrome and facial contour deformity.
Insect & Disease ID And Diagnosis Guide: Deformities & Stunted Growth.
Diagnose pest and disease issues that manifest as deformities and stunted growth.

In science:

This product gives a deformation quantization of End(E ) and θ will be an isomorphism invariant of the deformation quantization.
Deformation Quantization of Endomorphism Bundles
The principle, that a deformation quantization comes as flat sections in a certain infinite dimensional vector bundle, is not special to deformation quantizations.
Deformation Quantization of Endomorphism Bundles
So for each deformation quantization of End(E ) we have a connection ∇ in W, such that ker ∇ is isomorphic to the deformation quantization.
Deformation Quantization of Endomorphism Bundles
Deformations of symplectic Lie algebroids, deformations of holomorphic symplectic structures, and index theorems.
Deformation Quantization of Endomorphism Bundles
This was achieved in for the case of a deformed Calabi-Yau (CY) threefold compactification with deformation controlled by the G fluxes.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability