- The definition of form is the shape of a person, animal or thing or a piece of paperwork that needs to be filled out.
- An example of form is the circular shape of an apple.
- An example of form is a job application.
- Form is defined as to make or construct something.
An example of form is to build a statue out of clay.
- the shape, outline, or configuration of anything; structure as apart from color, material, etc.
- the body or figure of a person or animal
- a model of the human figure, esp. one used to display or fit clothes
- anything used to give shape to something else; mold; specif., a temporary structure of boards or metal into which concrete is poured to set
- the particular mode of existence a thing has or takes: water in the form of vapor
- arrangement; esp., orderly arrangement; way in which parts of a whole are organized; pattern; style
- a specific arrangement, esp. a conventional one
- a way of doing something requiring skill; specif., the style or technique of an athlete, esp. when it is the standard or approved one
- a customary or conventional way of acting or behaving; ceremony; ritual; formality
- a fixed order of words; formula: the form of a wedding announcement
- a printed document with blank spaces to be filled in: an application form
- a particular kind, type, species, or variety: man is a form of animal life
- physical or mental condition with respect to one's performance or effectiveness: in good form for the game
- racing form
- what is or was to be expected, based on past performances: to react according to form
- the lair or hiding place of a hare, etc.
- a long, wooden bench without a back, as formerly in a schoolroom
- a grade or class in some private schools and in British secondary schools
- Archaic beauty
- Gram. any of the different variations in which a word may appear due to changes of inflection, spelling, or pronunciation: “am” is a form of the verb “be”
- Linguis. linguistic form
- Philos. the ideal nature or essential character of a thing as distinguished from its material manifestation; specif., in Plato, an idea (sense )
- Printing the type, engravings, etc. locked in a frame, or chase, for printing or plating
Origin of formMiddle English forme ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin forma, a shape, figure, image ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps (via Etr) Classical Greek morphē
- to give shape or form to; fashion; make, as in some particular way
- to mold or shape by training and discipline; train; instruct
- to develop (habits)
- to think of; frame in the mind; conceive
- to come together into; organize into: to form a club
- to make up; act as; create out of separate elements; constitute: thirteen states formed the original Union
- to build (words) from bases, affixes, etc.
- to construct or make up (a phrase, sentence, etc.)
Origin of formME formen < OFr fourmer < L formare < the n.
- to be formed; assume shape
- to come into being; take form
- to take a definite or specific form or shape
good (or bad) form
- having the form of; shaped like: dentiform
- having (a specified number of) forms: triform
Origin of -formOld French -forme ; from Classical Latin forma, form
- a. The shape and structure of an object: the form of a snowflake.b. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal; figure: In the fog we could see two forms standing on the bridge.c. A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.d. A mold for the setting of concrete.
- a. The way in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself: an element usually found in the form of a gas.b. Philosophy The essential or ideal nature of something, especially as distinguished from its matter or material being.
- a. A kind, type, or variety: A cat is a form of mammal.b. Botany A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
- a. Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in verbal or musical composition: presented my ideas in outline form; a treatise in the form of a dialogue.b. A particular type or example of such arrangement: The essay is a literary form.
- a. Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom: gave his consent solely as a matter of form.b. Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom: Arriving late to a wedding is considered bad form.c. A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony: “As they had never had a funeral aboard a ship, they began rehearsing the forms so as to be ready” (Arthur Conan Doyle).d. A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information: insurance forms.
- a. Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria: a musician at the top of her form.b. A pattern of behavior or performance: remained true to form and showed up late.c. Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training: a dog in excellent form.d. A racing form.
- A grade in a British secondary school or in some American private schools: the sixth form.
- a. A linguistic form.b. The external aspect of words with regard to their inflections, pronunciation, or spelling.
- a. Chiefly British A long seat; a bench.b. The lair or resting place of a hare.
verbformed, form·ing, forms
- a. To give form to; shape: form clay into figures.b. To make or fashion by shaping: form figures out of clay.c. To develop in the mind; conceive: Her reading led her to form a different opinion.
- a. To arrange oneself in: Holding out his arms, the cheerleader formed a T. The acrobats formed a pyramid.b. To organize or arrange: The environmentalists formed their own party.c. To fashion, train, or develop by instruction, discipline, or precept: formed the recruits into excellent soldiers.
- a. To come to have; develop or acquire: He formed the habit of walking to work.b. To enter into (a relationship): They formed a friendship.
- To constitute or compose, especially out of separate elements: the bones that form the skeleton.
- a. To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection: form the pluperfect.b. To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
- To become formed or shaped: Add enough milk so the dough forms easily into balls.
- To come into being by taking form; arise: Clouds will form in the afternoon.
- To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern: The soldiers formed into a column.
Origin of formMiddle English forme, from Latin fōrma, possibly (via Etruscan) from Greek morphē.
Origin of -formNew Latin -fōrmis, from Latin fōrma, form.
- The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
- A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
- An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
- Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula.
- Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system.
- a republican form of government
- Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality.
- a matter of mere form
- A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.
- To apply for the position, complete the application form.
- (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
- Characteristics not involving atomic components.
- (UK) A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).
- (UK, education) A class or year of students (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).
- (archaic) A class or rank in society.
- The den or home of a hare.
- (dated) A long bench with no back.
- (computing, programming) A window or dialogue box.
- (UK) Grade (level of pre-collegiate education).
- (biology) An infraspecific rank.
- (printing, dated) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
- (fine arts) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
- (crystallography) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
- (geometry) A quantic.
(third-person singular simple present forms, present participle forming, simple past and past participle formed)
- To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).
- When you kids form a straight line I'll hand out the lollies.
- (intransitive) To take shape.
- When icicles start to form on the eaves you know the roads will be icy.
- (linguistics) To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.
- By adding "-ness", you can form a noun from an adjective.
- To constitute, to compose, to make up.
- Teenagers form the bulk of extreme traffic offenders.
- To mould or model by instruction or discipline.
- Singing in a choir helps to form a child's sociality.
- To provide (a hare) with a form.
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