Definitions of form

  1. alternative names for the body of a human being; " Leonardo studied the human body"; " he has a strong physique"; " the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
  2. the visual appearance of something or someone; " the delicate cast of his features"
  3. a body of students who are taught together; " early morning classes are always sleepy"
  4. any spatial attributes ( especially as defined by outline); " he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
  5. to compose or represent:" This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; " The branches made a roof"; " This makes a fine introduction"
  6. make something, usually for a specific function; " She molded the riceballs carefully"; " Form cylinders from the dough"; " shape a figure"; " Work the metal into a sword"
  7. develop into a distinctive entity; " our plans began to take shape"
  8. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; " geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
  9. a mold for setting concrete; " they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"
  10. a life- size dummy used to display clothes
  11. a particular mode in which something is manifested; " his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
  12. an ability to perform well; " he was at the top of his form"; " the team was off form last night"
  13. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; " sculpture is a form of art"; " what kinds of desserts are there?"
  14. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word; " the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
  15. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; " the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; " he first sketches the plot in outline form"
  16. establish or impress firmly in the mind; " We imprint our ideas onto our children"
  17. a perceptual structure; " the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; " a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
  18. ( 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"
  19. ( biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; " a new strain of microorganisms"
  20. 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"
  21. a printed document with spaces in which to write; " he filled out his tax form"
  22. give a shape or form to; " shape the dough"
  23. give shape to; " form the clay into a head"
  24. create ( as an entity); " social groups form everywhere"; " They formed a company"
  25. A suffix used to denote in the form / shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.
  26. The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance.
  27. Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.
  28. Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.
  29. Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.
  30. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.
  31. A shape; an image; a phantom.
  32. That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
  33. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
  34. The seat or bed of a hare.
  35. The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
  36. The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
  37. The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
  38. The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
  39. That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.
  40. Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.
  41. The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
  42. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
  43. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.
  44. To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
  45. To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
  46. To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.
  47. To run to a form, as a hare.
  48. Former.
  49. A suffix used to denote in the shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.
  50. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; - said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.
  51. The external or outward appearance or shape of anything; image; likeness; orderly arrangement; established practice, or ritual; a mold or pattern; a long bench without a back; a class; manner; as, he was playing in good form.
  52. To give shape to; create; mold to a particular pattern; conceive or imagine; constitute; devise; adjust.
  53. To take shape.
  54. Shape of a body: the boundary- line of an object: a model: a mould: mode of arrangement: order: regularity: system, as of government: beauty or elegance: established practice: ceremony: ( print) the type from which an impression is to be taken arranged and secured in a chase: ( in the fol. senses pron. form) a long seat, a bench: ( in schools) the pupils on a form, a class: the bed of a hare, which takes its shape from the animal's body.
  55. To give form or shape to: to make: to contrive: to settle, as an opinion: to combine: to go to make up: to establish: ( gram.) to make by derivation.
  56. To assume a form.
  57. A Latin termination denoting like, in the form of; as, vermiform, wormlike, falciform, scythe- like, ensiform, sword- like, oviform, in the form of an egg, etc.
  58. A bench; class; bed of a hare.
  59. Shape; figure; model; method; ceremony; type arranged and ready for the press.
  60. To give form to; settle; make up.
  61. To make; construct; conceive; compose.
  62. To assume a specific form.
  63. The shape of a body; figure; contour; appearance; style; kind.
  64. Ritual; ceremony.
  65. A mold; model; formula; type in a chase ready for the press.
  66. A long bench without a back.
  67. The shape or external appearance of a body; disposition of particular things; model; a mould; formula; beauty; order; mere external appearance; established practice; ceremony; determinate shape; likeness; manner; system, as of government; manner of arrangement; a long seat or bench; a class; the bed of a hare; an assemblage of types arranged in order, disposed into pages, and locked in a chase to receive an impression: condition; condition fit for a purpose. Essential or substantial form, that mode of existence which cannot cease without destroying a thing.
  68. To make; to give shape to; to mould; to plan; to arrange; to settle; to contrive; to make up; to frame; to combine; to establish; to compile; to constitute; to make by derivation, or by affixes or prefixes.
  69. To take a form.
  70. The shape or external appearance of anything; a pattern; a mould; beauty; stated method; ceremony; ritual; something not essential; a long seat used in a school; name applied to one of the classes of a great public school, as first form, sixth form, & c., pronounced form; types set up ready for printing.
  71. To shape; to fashion; to mould; to contrive; to combine; to make; to constitute; to go to make up.

Quotes of form

  1. Acting is a form of confusion. – Tallulah Bankhead
  2. Driving is a spectacular form of amnesia. Everything is to be discovered, everything to be obliterated. – Jean Baudrillard
  3. You hate someone whom you really wish to love, but whom you cannot love. Perhaps he himself prevents you. That is a disguised form of love. – Sri Chinmoy
  4. I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful. – John Constable
  5. Motion pictures are the art form of the 20th century, and one of the reasons is the fact that films are a slightly corrupted artform. They fit this century- they combine Art and business! – Roger Corman
  6. Before machines the only form of entertainment people really had was relationships. – Doug Coupland
  7. Ice dance should not be seen as a rigid conformist form of figure skating. There is a great deal of freedom and originality to be had. – Robin Cousins
  8. Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven. – Tryon Edwards
  9. Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, melancholia, the panic and fear which is inherent in a human situation. – Graham Greene
  10. Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire. – Napoleon Hill
  11. I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions- adding that no general proposition is worth a damn. – Oliver Wendell Holmes
  12. We know that communication must be hampered, and its form largely determined, by the unconscious but inevitable influence of a transmitting mechanism, whether that be of a merely mechanical or of a physiological character. – Oliver Joseph Lodge
  13. We must form our minds by reading deep rather than wide. – Marcus Fabius Quintilian
  14. A life without adventure is likely to be unsatisfying, but a life in which adventure is allowed to take whatever form it will is sure to be short. – Bertrand Russell
  15. Science fiction is very healthy in its form – Robert Sheckley

Usage examples for form

  1. " I'll put it in the form of a question, ma'am. – Blind Love by Wilkie Collins
  2. The older form would be Tednam. – The Romance of Names by Ernest Weekley
  3. The question was something in this form – A Collection of College Words and Customs by Benjamin Homer Hall
  4. But can you tell me exactly why you chose that form of ... – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  5. By this they saw the form of Mbopo. – The Blind Lion of the Congo by Elliott Whitney
  6. The only difference is in the form in which they are written. – Composition-Rhetoric by Stratton D. Brooks
  7. One of these was prime matter and the other form – Education: How Old The New by James J. Walsh
  8. Then let me put it in another form – The Debit Account by Oliver Onions
  9. To errerror; but we have no such form as to errserrors. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  10. I don't think much of your form and I've been tellin' him so. – The Motor Maid by Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
  11. She knew what the answer would be, but she did not quite know what form it would take. – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  12. He was in fine form last night, about three a. – Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
  13. He forgot himself enough to express his mind: " In a country where master and servants form one family, the fate of the one depends on that of the others. – The Red Lily, v2 by Anatole France
  14. Some form of happiness, that was all she knew. – The Way of Ambition by Robert Hichens
  15. I bid you come to life, to human form – More Portmanteau Plays by Stuart Walker
  16. But what if one does say the same things,- of course in a little different form each time,- over her? – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  17. In asking questions, use the form expected in the answer. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  18. I. Simple form for little children. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  19. When half dry, cut it into what form you please, and turn the other side up to dry. – The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches, by Mary Eaton
  20. When I first looked up, after I had been placed on the bed prepared for my wounded form Madeline stood by my side. – Hurricane Hurry by W.H.G. Kingston

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