Formation definition

fôr-māshən
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The act or process of forming something or of taking form.
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An arrangement or positioning, as of troops, ships, airplanes in flight, football players, etc.
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A forming or being formed.
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The way in which something is formed or arranged; structure.
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A specified arrangement or deployment, as of aircraft, troops, or players on a sports team.
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A long, mappable body of rock that is recognizable by its physical characteristics and by its location within the rock record.
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(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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(ecol.) The major unit of vegetation usually extending over a large area, as the prairie, deciduous forest, tundra, etc.
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(geol.) A rock unit distinguished from adjacent deposits by some common character, as composition, origin, type of fossil, etc.
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A thing formed.
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Something formed.

Beautiful cloud formations.

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The manner or style in which something is formed; structure.

The distinctive formation of the human eye.

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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.

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Something possessing structure or form.
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The act of assembling a group or structure.
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(geology) A rock or face of a mountain.
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(military) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
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(military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
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The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
formation
Plural:
formations

Origin of formation

  • From Old French formacion, from Latin formatio, from formare (“to form”); see form as verb.

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