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Is there a word that refers to squeezing/compression or stretching/dilation while being impartial to the "direction"? For example, shift does not denote which direction is being moved in.

  • Malleate doesn't quite work and is quite obscure, given by Merriam-Webster as "to beat or mark or dent (a metal) with a hammer in working or decorating". It also has no synonyms given anywhere I can find.
  • Transform is how it is referred to in mathematical settings but doesn't work for other situations.
  • Adapt or alter are not specific enough in what is happening to the object
  • Edit: Scale or resize do not work as they imply that only the size of the object changes and not its shape

Sentence examples:

  • The object was __ by the atmospheric pressure
  • Please __ the square peg to make it fit in the round hole

(The object could have been made smaller or larger in either scenario.)

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How about deform:

Distort the shape or form of; make misshapen.

Another possibility, suggested by the above, is distort:

Pull or twist out of shape.

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resize means exactly this.

vt To change the size of something

The most basic tools in image editing software are crop, resize, and rotate.

Googling resize definition will gwt you a dozen or more online dictionary entries for this word.

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  • Good thought, I was thinking additionally about the shape (otherwise scale would work perfectly aswell) but I can see my question does not state that specifically
    – johnDanger
    Nov 15, 2019 at 16:21
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“(un)squeeze” or “(un)stretch” would do. It is idiomatic English, if not formal.

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  • Could you provide some references?
    – fev
    Jul 23, 2022 at 19:35

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