v. de·formed, de·form·ing, de·forms
1. To alter from proper or natural form; misshape: "We shoved off. Almost immediately we hit something that deformed a propeller" (William Least Heat-Moon).
2. To spoil the beauty or appearance of; disfigure: "They recalled the fresh young image of the Handsome Sailor, that face never deformed by a sneer" (Herman Melville). See Synonyms at distort.
3. Physics To alter the shape of by pressure or stress.
To become deformed: A baseball deforms on being hit.
[Middle English deformen, from Old French deformer, from Latin dēfōrmāre : dē-, de- + fōrma, form.]
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