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 form form

noun

  • ( ) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something  ( descriptor, form, signifier, word form )
    the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
     the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
    the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
  • ( ) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality  ( form, kind, sort, variety )
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
     sculpture is a form of art
    sculpture is a form of art
     what kinds of desserts are there?
    what kinds of desserts are there?
  • ( ) a perceptual structure  ( form, pattern, shape )
    a perceptual structure
     the composition presents problems for students of musical form
    the composition presents problems for students of musical form
     a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
    a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
  • ( ) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)  ( configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape )
    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
     he could barely make out their shapes
    he could barely make out their shapes
  • ( ) alternative names for the body of a human being  ( anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma )
    alternative names for the body of a human being
     Leonardo studied the human body
    Leonardo studied the human body
     he has a strong physique
    he has a strong physique
     the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
  • ( ) the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance  ( form, shape )
    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
     geometry is the mathematical science of shape
    geometry is the mathematical science of shape
  • ( ) the visual appearance of something or someone  ( cast, form, shape )
    the visual appearance of something or someone
     the delicate cast of his features
    the delicate cast of his features
  • ( ) a printed document with spaces in which to write  ( form )
    a printed document with spaces in which to write
     he filled out his tax form
    he filled out his tax form
  • ( ) a particular mode in which something is manifested  ( form )
    a particular mode in which something is manifested
     his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
    his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
  • ( ) an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse  ( form )
    an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
     the essay was in the form of a dialogue
    the essay was in the form of a dialogue
     he first sketches the plot in outline form
    he first sketches the plot in outline form
  • ( ) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups  ( form, strain, var., variant )
    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
     a new strain of microorganisms
    a new strain of microorganisms
  • a mold for setting concrete  ( form )
    a mold for setting concrete
     they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
    they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
  • a life-size dummy used to display clothes  ( form, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin )
    a life-size dummy used to display clothes
  • an ability to perform well  ( form )
    an ability to perform well
     he was at the top of his form
    he was at the top of his form
     the team was off form last night
    the team was off form last night
  • a body of students who are taught together  ( class, course, form, grade )
    a body of students who are taught together
     early morning classes are always sleepy
    early morning classes are always sleepy
  • (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary  ( form, phase )
    (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary
     the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system
    the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system
  • verb

  • ( ) create (as an entity)  ( form, organise, organize )
    create (as an entity)
     social groups form everywhere
    social groups form everywhere
     They formed a company
    They formed a company
  • ( ) to compose or represent  ( constitute, form, make )
    to compose or represent
     This wall forms the background of the stage setting
    This wall forms the background of the stage setting
     The branches made a roof
    The branches made a roof
     This makes a fine introduction
    This makes a fine introduction
  • ( ) develop into a distinctive entity  ( form, spring, take form, take shape )
    develop into a distinctive entity
     our plans began to take shape
    our plans began to take shape
  • ( ) give shape or form to  ( form, shape )
    give shape or form to
     shape the dough
    shape the dough
     form the young child's character
    form the young child's character
  • ( ) make something, usually for a specific function  ( forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work )
    make something, usually for a specific function
     She molded the rice balls carefully
    She molded the rice balls carefully
     Form cylinders from the dough
    Form cylinders from the dough
     shape a figure
    shape a figure
     Work the metal into a sword
    Work the metal into a sword
  • ( ) establish or impress firmly in the mind  ( form, imprint )
    establish or impress firmly in the mind
     We imprint our ideas onto our children
    We imprint our ideas onto our children
  • assume a form or shape  ( form )
    assume a form or shape
     the water formed little beads
    the water formed little beads


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