1. [ verb ] alter the shape of (something) by stress
Synonyms: strain distort

"His body was deformed by leprosy"

Related terms: shape jaundice strain
2. [ verb ] become misshapen

"The sidewalk deformed during the earthquake"

Related terms: change_shape deformation
3. [ verb ] cause (a plastic object) to assume a crooked or angular form
Synonyms: twist bend turn flex

"bend the rod" "twist the dough into a braid" "the strong man could turn an iron bar"

Related terms: unbend change_shape indent gnarl convolve crank incurvate fold deformation
4. [ verb ] twist and press out of shape
Synonyms: wring distort contort
Related terms: disfigure twist morph wring wring contortion tortuosity deformation
5. [ verb ] make formless

"the heat deformed the plastic sculpture"

Related terms: form change deformation
6. [ verb ] assume a different shape or form
Synonyms: change_form change_shape
Related terms: change bend bend unfold bulge protrude disfigure twist roll_up flatten draw sharpen dinge granulate roll deformation
Similar spelling:   deformed