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Formnoun

To do with shape.

Frompreposition

With the source or provenance of or at.

‘This wine comes from France.’; ‘I got a letter from my brother.’;

Formnoun

The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.

Frompreposition

With the origin, starting point or initial reference of or at.

‘He had books piled from floor to ceiling.’; ‘He left yesterday from Chicago.’; ‘Face away from the wall!’;

Formnoun

A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.

Frompreposition

Denoting a subtraction operation.

‘20 from 31 leaves 11.’;

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Formnoun

Characteristics not involving atomic components. en

Frompreposition

With the separation, exclusion or differentiation of.

‘An umbrella protects from the sun.’; ‘He knows right from wrong.’;

Formnoun

(dated) A long bench with no back.

Frompreposition

Out of the neighborhood of; lessening or losing proximity to; leaving behind; by reason of; out of; by aid of; - used whenever departure, setting out, commencement of action, being, state, occurrence, etc., or procedure, emanation, absence, separation, etc., are to be expressed. It is construed with, and indicates, the point of space or time at which the action, state, etc., are regarded as setting out or beginning; also, less frequently, the source, the cause, the occasion, out of which anything proceeds; - the antithesis and correlative of to; as, it, is one hundred miles from Boston to Springfield; he took his sword from his side; light proceeds from the sun; separate the coarse wool from the fine; men have all sprung from Adam, and often go from good to bad, and from bad to worse; the merit of an action depends on the principle from which it proceeds; men judge of facts from personal knowledge, or from testimony.

‘Experience from the time past to the time present.’; ‘The song began from Jove.’; ‘From high Mæonia's rocky shores I came.’; ‘If the wind blow any way from shore.’; ‘Sudden partings such as pressThe life from out young hearts.’;

Formnoun

(fine arts) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.

Formnoun

(crystallography) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.

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Formnoun

(social) To do with structure or procedure.

Formnoun

An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.

Formnoun

Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula.

Formnoun

Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system.

‘a republican form of government’;

Formnoun

Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality.

‘a matter of mere form’;

Formnoun

(archaic) A class or rank in society.

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Formnoun

(UK) A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).

Formnoun

A class or year of school pupils (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).

Formnoun

A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.

‘To apply for the position, complete the application form.’;

Formnoun

Level of performance.

‘The team's form has been poor this year.’; ‘The orchestra was on top form this evening.’;

Formnoun

(grammar) A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages; the particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech.

‘participial forms;’; ‘verb forms’;

Formnoun

The den or home of a hare.

Formnoun

A window or dialogue box.

Formnoun

Essentials

Formnoun

(taxonomy) An infraspecific rank.

Formnoun

The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.

Formnoun

(geometry) A quantic.

Formnoun

A specific way of performing a movement.

Formverb

(transitive) To assume (a certain shape or visible structure).

‘When you kids form a straight line I'll hand out the lollies.’;

Formverb

(transitive) To give (a shape or visible structure) to a thing or person.

‘Roll out the dough to form a thin sheet.’;

Formverb

(intransitive) To take shape.

‘When icicles start to form on the eaves you know the roads will be icy.’;

Formverb

To put together or bring into being; assemble.

‘The socialists did not have enough MPs to form a government.’; ‘Paul McCartney and John Lennon formed The Beatles in Liverpool in 1960.’;

Formverb

To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.

‘By adding "-ness", you can form a noun from an adjective.’;

Formverb

(transitive) To constitute, to compose, to make up.

‘Teenagers form the bulk of extreme traffic offenders.’;

Formverb

To mould or model by instruction or discipline.

‘Singing in a choir helps to form a child's sociality.’;

Formverb

To provide (a hare) with a form.

Formverb

To treat (plates) to prepare them for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but later the plates or grids were coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.

Formnoun

The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance.

‘The form of his visage was changed.’; ‘And woven close close, both matter, form, and style.’;

Formnoun

Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.

Formnoun

Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.

‘Those whom form of lawsCondemned to die.’;

Formnoun

Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.

‘Though well we may not pass upon his lifeWithout the form of justice.’;

Formnoun

Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.

‘The earth was without form and void.’; ‘He hath no form nor comeliness.’;

Formnoun

A shape; an image; a phantom.

Formnoun

That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.

Formnoun

A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.

Formnoun

The seat or bed of a hare.

‘As in a form sitteth a weary hare.’;

Formnoun

The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.

Formnoun

The boundary line of a material object. In (painting), more generally, the human body.

Formnoun

The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.

Formnoun

The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.

Formnoun

That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; - called essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.

Formnoun

Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.

Formnoun

The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.

Formverb

To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.

‘God formed man of the dust of the ground.’; ‘The thought that labors in my forming brain.’;

Formverb

To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.

‘'T is education forms the common mind.’; ‘Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.’;

Formverb

To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; - said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.

‘The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far the majority.’;

Formverb

To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.

‘The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.’;

Formverb

To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.

Formverb

To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.

Formverb

To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.

Formverb

To run to a form, as a hare.

Formnoun

the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something;

‘the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached’;

Formnoun

a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality;

‘sculpture is a form of art’; ‘what kinds of desserts are there?’;

Formnoun

a perceptual structure;

‘the composition presents problems for students of musical form’; ‘a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them’;

Formnoun

any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline);

‘he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke’;

Formnoun

alternative names for the body of a human being;

‘Leonardo studied the human body’; ‘he has a strong physique’; ‘the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak’;

Formnoun

the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance;

‘geometry is the mathematical science of shape’;

Formnoun

the visual appearance of something or someone;

‘the delicate cast of his features’;

Formnoun

(physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary;

‘the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system’;

Formnoun

a printed document with spaces in which to write;

‘he filled out his tax form’;

Formnoun

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups;

‘a new strain of microorganisms’;

Formnoun

an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse;

‘the essay was in the form of a dialogue’; ‘he first sketches the plot in outline form’;

Formnoun

a particular mode in which something is manifested;

‘his resentment took the form of extreme hostility’;

Formnoun

a body of students who are taught together;

‘early morning classes are always sleepy’;

Formnoun

an ability to perform well;

‘he was at the top of his form’; ‘the team was off form last night’;

Formnoun

a life-size dummy used to display clothes

Formnoun

a mold for setting concrete;

‘they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation’;

Formverb

to compose or represent:

‘This wall forms the background of the stage setting’; ‘The branches made a roof’; ‘This makes a fine introduction’;

Formverb

create (as an entity);

‘social groups form everywhere’; ‘They formed a company’;

Formverb

develop into a distinctive entity;

‘our plans began to take shape’;

Formverb

give a shape or form to;

‘shape the dough’;

Formverb

make something, usually for a specific function;

‘She molded the riceballs carefully’; ‘Form cylinders from the dough’; ‘shape a figure’; ‘Work the metal into a sword’;

Formverb

establish or impress firmly in the mind;

‘We imprint our ideas onto our children’;

Formverb

give shape to;

‘form the clay into a head’;

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