- 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.
form definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: ME 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
- having the form of; shaped like: dentiform
- having (a specified number of) forms: triform
Origin: Old French -forme ; from Classical Latin forma, form
form definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The shape and structure of an object.b. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal considered separately from the face or head; figure.
- a. The essence of something.b. The mode in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself; kind: a form of animal life; a form of blackmail.
- a. Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom.b. A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony; a formula.
- A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information: insurance forms.
- a. Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom.b. Behavior according to a fixed or accepted standard: Tardiness is considered bad form.c. Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria: a good jump shooter having an unusual form.
- a. Proven ability to perform: a musician at the top of her form.b. Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training.c. The past performance of a racehorse.d. A racing form.
- a. Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in literary or musical composition or in organized discourse: 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.c. The design, structure, or pattern of a work of art: symphonic form.
- a. A mold for the setting of concrete.b. A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.c. A proportioned model that may be adjusted for fitting clothes.
- 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 resting place of a hare.
- Botany A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
- a. To give form to; shape: form clay into figures.b. To develop in the mind; conceive: form an opinion.
- a. To shape or mold (dough, for example) into a particular form.b. To arrange oneself in: Holding out his arms, the cheerleader formed a T. The acrobats formed a pyramid.c. To organize or arrange: The environmentalists formed their own party.d. To fashion, train, or develop by instruction or precept: form a child's mind.
- To come to have; develop or acquire: form a habit.
- To constitute or compose a usually basic element, part, or characteristic of.
- a. To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection: form the pluperfect.b. To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
- To put in order; arrange.
- To become formed or shaped.
- To come into being by taking form; arise.
- To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern.
Origin: Middle English forme, from Latin fōrma.
- formˌa·bilˈi·ty noun
- formˈa·ble adjective
Origin: New Latin -fōrmis, from Latin fōrma, form.
form - Ologies & -Isms Definition
form - Computer Definition
(1) A paper form used for printing.
(2) A formatted screen display designed for a particular application. See forms software.
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form - Legal Definition
form - Medical Definition
form - Phrases/Idioms
good (or bad) form