- Formation is defined as an arrangement, the way something is arranged or a coming together.
- 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.
- 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.
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- 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.