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amorphous

[uh-mawr-fuh s]
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adjective
  1. lacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless: the amorphous clouds.
  2. of no particular kind or character; indeterminate; having no pattern or structure; unorganized: an amorphous style; an amorphous personality.
  3. Petrography, Mineralogy. occurring in a mass, as without stratification or crystalline structure.
  4. Chemistry. not crystalline.
  5. Biology. having structural components that are not clearly differentiated, as the nuclear material in certain bacteria.

Origin of amorphous

First recorded in 1725–35, amorphous is from the Greek word ámorphos shapeless. See a-6, -morph, -ous
Related formsa·mor·phous·ly, adverba·mor·phous·ness, noun

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1, 2. shapeless, undefined; vague, anomalous.
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Examples from the Web for amorphously

Historical Examples

  • The autobiographical part of this amorphously arranged volume is a social document of the first rank.

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    J. Frank Dobie


British Dictionary definitions for amorphously

amorphous

adjective
  1. lacking a definite shape; formless
  2. of no recognizable character or type
  3. (of chemicals, rocks, etc) not having a crystalline structure
Derived Formsamorphism, nounamorphously, adverbamorphousness, noun

Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, from Greek amorphos shapeless, from a- 1 + morphē shape
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Word Origin and History for amorphously

amorphous

adj.

"shapeless," 1731, from Modern Latin amorphus, from Greek amorphos "without form, shapeless, deformed," from a- "without" (see a- (3)) + morphe "form" (see Morpheus). Related: Amorphously; amorphousness.

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amorphously in Medicine

amorphous

([object Object])
adj.
  1. Lacking definite form; shapeless.
  2. Lacking organization; formless.
  3. Lacking distinct crystalline structure.
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amorphously in Science

amorphous

[ə-môrfəs]
  1. Not made of crystals. Glass, amber, and plastics are amorphous substances.
  2. Lacking definite form or shape.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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