- 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.
verb (used with object)
- 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”.
verb (used without object)
SYNONYMS FOR form
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Origin of form
synonym study for form
OTHER WORDS FROM form
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH formform , forum
Definition for form (2 of 2)
Origin of -form
Example sentences from the Web for form
Her psychedelic practice sessions offered their own form of immersive and responsive feedback.Scientists Analyzed 24,000 Chess Matches to Understand Cognition - Facts So Romantic|Brian Gallagher|November 20, 2020|Nautilus
Microbes convert this mercury into a particularly toxic form called methylmercury that builds up in fish and can harm the nervous, immune, and digestive systems of people and wildlife that eat the contaminated seafood.Researchers found signs of human pollution in animals living six miles beneath the sea|Kate Baggaley|November 19, 2020|Popular Science
The underrated McAuley is in top form in this hard science fiction novel with heart.Best science fiction, fantasy and horror books of 2020|Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lavie Tidhar|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
These women were able to use their sexuality and their physical form artistically to allow themselves to be seen and heard.Looking from the outside in, ‘Voyeur’ reimagines the life of Toulouse-Lautrec|Jose Solís|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Thankfully, there was absolution to be found — in the form of chicken wings.
God bless me from suffering you to love me, if you be not so formable.
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)
adj combining form
Word Origin for -form
Medical definitions for form
Idioms and Phrases with form
In addition to the idiom beginning with form
- form an opinion
- run to form
- true to form