- An example of a formation is group of soldiers marching as a group.
- An example of a formation is a set of rocks that has lasted through the centuries.
Formation is defined as an arrangement, the way something is arranged or a coming together.
- a forming or being formed
- a thing formed
- the way in which something is formed or arranged; structure
- an arrangement or positioning, as of troops, ships, airplanes in flight, football players, etc.
- Ecol. the major unit of vegetation usually extending over a large area, as the prairie, deciduous forest, tundra, etc.
- Geol. a rock unit distinguished from adjacent deposits by some common character, as composition, origin, type of fossil, etc.
Origin of formationMiddle English formacioun from Old French formation from Classical Latin formatio from past participle of formare: see form
- The act or process of forming something or of taking form.
- Something formed: beautiful cloud formations.
- The manner or style in which something is formed; structure: the distinctive formation of the human eye.
- A specified arrangement or deployment, as of aircraft, troops, or players on a sports team.
- Geology A primary unit in the mapping of rock strata, consisting of a set of contemporaneous rocks having the same characteristics and origin.
the Blue Angels of the US Navy
- Something possessing structure or form.
- The act of assembling a group or structure.
- (geology) A rock or face of a mountain.
- (military) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
- (military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
- The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.