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Definitions of formation

  1. natural process that causes something to form; " the formation of gas in the intestine"; " the formation of crystals"; " the formation of pseudopods"
  2. the fabrication of something in a particular shape
  3. creation by mental activity; " the formation of sentences"; " the formation of memories"
  4. a particular spatial arrangement
  5. an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; " a defensive formation"; " a formation of planes"
  6. the geological features of the earth
  7. the act of forming something; " the constitution of a PTA group last year"; " it was the establishment of his reputation"; " he still remembers the organization of the club"
  8. ( geology) the geological features of the earth
  9. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.
  10. The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart.
  11. A substance formed or deposited.
  12. Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations.
  13. A group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation.
  14. The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc.
  15. The act of molding or shaping; that which is shaped; structure; figure.
  16. The act of forming or making; the act of creating or causing to exist; the operation of composing, by bringing materials together, or of shaping and giving form; generation; production; as, the formation of the earth; the formation of a state or constitution; the formation of ideas: the manner in which a thing is formed; as, the peculiar formation of the heart: in geol. any series of rocks referred to a common origin or period, whether they consist of the same or different materials. Geological strata are divided into certain groups of one era of deposition, sometimes of very dissimilar mineralogical character, but inclosing the same fossil species; as, the Carboniferous, Oolitic, Cretaceous, Silurian, Laurentian, etc., formations; ( milit) an arrangement of troops, as in a square, column, etc.
  17. Act of forming; mode in which anything is formed.
  18. The act of forming; construction; arrangement; development.
  19. The act of forming or making; generation; production; the manner in which a thing is formed; structure; arrangement; a group of strata connected together by community of age, origin, or composition.
  20. The act or manner of forming; generation or production; in geol., any assemblage of rocks which have some characters in common.
  21. Structure arising from an accumulation of deposits.
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Usage examples for formation

  1. South Australia led the way in the formation of an Agricultural Bureau, which has branches throughout the country districts. – Wheat Growing in Australia by Australia Department of External Affairs
  2. The rules of their formation are simple. – The Arawack Language of Guiana in its Linguistic and Ethnological Relations by Daniel G. Brinton
  3. This question of hand position, particularly in Chopin, is largely a matter of individual formation – Chopin: The Man and His Music by James Huneker
  4. The formation of the Liberty party, in the summer of 1843, appeared to him a very grave circumstance. – Daniel Webster by Henry Cabot Lodge
  5. They were coming up in battle formation – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  6. Is it not natural then to imagine that there must have been Volcanos near this spot, long before the formation of the mountain of Pausilipo? – Observations on Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna, and Other Volcanos by William Hamilton
  7. Q. When you read of the formation of the party in Chicago what papers did you read that in? – The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt by Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood
  8. This circumstantial account of the circle to which Miss Evans was now introduced has been given, because it consisted of friends who, more than any others, helped in the growth and formation of her mind. – George Eliot by Mathilde Blind
  9. Indeed, the formation of these bars seems not confined to the mouths of the rivers, though it takes place at them more certainly. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  10. Natural formation more likely. – General Max Shorter by Kris Ottman Neville
  11. There must have been fifty of them, huge tapering things with wide- spread wings, flying in close formation wave after V- shaped wave. – Flight From Tomorrow by Henry Beam Piper
  12. The second step in planetary construction was the arrangement of the atoms into crystalline formation due to opposite currents of electrical motion, and to atomic balance. – The Universe a Vast Electric Organism by George Woodward Warder
  13. Other parts of the state yielded oil, for instance, but here the formation was all wrong. – Flowing Gold by Rex Beach
  14. Why should the study of osmotic growth attract less attention than the formation of crystals, on which so much time and labour has been bestowed in the past? – The Mechanism of Life by Stéphane Leduc
  15. As th' dhread formation moved off in th' bright sunlight iv that fair day in March, with th' band playin' a quick shtep an' th' colors flyin' in th' air, it was a sight to make ivry Englishman proud iv th' fact that he had to be an Englishman. – Observations by Mr. Dooley by Finley Peter Dunne
  16. One sees that it dated back to the time when the Church in this country began to be more especially " by Law established," instead of " by Christ established," as was the case in early ages of its formation – Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman by Giberne Sieveking
  17. Behind the big rock formation probably there was a lake. – Every Man for Himself by Hopkins Moorhouse
  18. " I suggest a formation in the rim of the Gulch," said George. – The Go Ahead Boys and Simon's Mine by Ross Kay
  19. We would be exposed to shell- fire whenever we passed the crest of the rise from the beach, where we ought to adopt an extended formation – The Fifth Battalion Highland Light Infantry in the War 1914-1918 by F.L. Morrison
  20. As early as February 12, 1844, " An Act to provide for the expression of the opinion of the people of the Territory of Iowa upon the subject of the formation of a State Constitution for the State of Iowa" was approved by the Governor. – History of the Constitutions of Iowa by Benjamin F. Shambaugh
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