- the organization, placement, or relationship of basic elements, as lines and colors in a painting or volumes and voids in a sculpture, so as to produce a coherent image; the formal structure of a work of art.
- three-dimensional quality or volume, as of a represented object or anatomical part.
- an object, person, or part of the human body or the appearance of any of these, especially as seen in nature: His work is characterized by the radical distortion of the human form.
- the structure, pattern, organization, or essential nature of anything.
- structure or pattern as distinguished from matter.
- (initial capital letter)Platonism. idea (def. 7c).
- Aristotelianism. that which places a thing in its particular species or kind.
- a word, part of a word, or group of words forming a construction that recurs in various contexts in a language with relatively constant meaning.Compare linguistic form.
- a particular shape of such a form that occurs in more than one shape. In I'm, 'm is a form of am.
- a word with a particular inflectional ending or other modification. Goes is a form of go.
- to make (a derivation) by some grammatical change: The suffix “-ly” forms adverbs from adjectives.
- to have (a grammatical feature) represented in a particular shape: English forms plurals in “-s”.
OTHER WORDS FOR form
Origin of form
synonym study for form
OTHER WORDS FROM form
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH formform , forum
Other definitions for form (2 of 2)
Origin of -form
WORDS THAT USE -FORM
What does -form mean?
The form –form comes from Latin –fōrmis, meaning “having the form of.” The equivalent combining form from Greek is –morphous, from morphḗ, meaning “form.”
What are variants of –form?
When used to create the taxonomic names of animals, the form –form becomes –iformes, as in Lorisiformes. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article on –iformes.
Examples of -form
One example of a scientific term that features the form –form is dentiform, “having the form of a tooth; tooth-shaped.”
The form denti– may look familiar. It means “tooth,” from Latin dēns. As we have seen, –form means “having the form of.” Dentiform literally translates to “having the form of a tooth.”
What are some words that use the combining form –form?
What are some other forms that –form may be commonly confused with?
How to use form in a sentence
The same Pediatrics journal notes that 17 states have some form of exception to the standard parental consent requirement.
I mean, physically, mentally, you know, in every way, shape, and form.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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I ask Atefeh and Monir if they see dancing as a form of income in the future, a potential career.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But probably because we co-edited the Deadline Artists anthologies with our friend Jesse Angelo, we feel a fidelity to the form.
Practise gliding in the form of inflection, or slide, from one extreme of pitch to another.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The supernaturalist alleges that religion was revealed to man by God, and that the form of this revelation is a sacred book.God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
Arches more graceful in form, or better fitted to defy the assaults of time, I have never seen.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
As company after company appeared, we were able to form a pretty exact estimate of their numbers.
And remember it is by our hypothesis the best possible form and arrangement of that lesson.The Salvaging Of Civilisation|H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
British Dictionary definitions for form (1 of 3)
- a printed document, esp one with spaces in which to insert facts or answersan application form
- (as modifier)a form letter
- the structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content
- essence as opposed to matter
- (often capital) (in the philosophy of Plato) the ideal universal that exists independently of the particulars which fall under itSee also Form
- (in the philosophy of Aristotle) the constitution of matter to form a substance; by virtue of this its nature can be understood
- the phonological or orthographic shape or appearance of a linguistic element, such as a word
- a linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning
Derived forms of formformable, adjective
Word Origin for form
British Dictionary definitions for form (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for form (3 of 3)
Word Origin for -form
Other Idioms and Phrases with form
In addition to the idiom beginning with form
- form an opinion
- run to form
- true to form