[ uh-mawr-fuhs ]
/ əˈmɔr fəs /


lacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless: the amorphous clouds.
of no particular kind or character; indeterminate; having no pattern or structure; unorganized: an amorphous style; an amorphous personality.
Petrography, Mineralogy. occurring in a mass, as without stratification or crystalline structure.
Chemistry. not crystalline.
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

SYNONYMS FOR amorphous

Related forms

a·mor·phous·ly, adverba·mor·phous·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for amorphously


/ (əˈmɔːfəs) /


lacking a definite shape; formless
of no recognizable character or type
(of chemicals, rocks, etc) not having a crystalline structure

Derived Forms

amorphism, nounamorphously, adverbamorphousness, noun

Word Origin for amorphous

C18: from New Latin, from Greek amorphos shapeless, from a- 1 + morphē shape
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Medicine definitions for amorphously


[ ə-môrfəs ]


Lacking definite form; shapeless.
Lacking organization; formless.
Lacking distinct crystalline structure.
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Science definitions for amorphously


[ ə-môrfəs ]

Not made of crystals. Glass, amber, and plastics are amorphous substances.
Lacking definite form or shape.
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