- 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)
- forklift truck,
- forlorn hope,
- form an opinion,
- form class,
- form criticism,
- form drag,
- form factor
Origin of form
Examples from the Web for formed
A soldier in the service of ideals and aspirations that formed his core.
Seventeen-year-old Edgar Gonzalez formed one half of the group Doble Filo.
He then went back to his volunteer corps, which had formed when they did not yet have an ambulance.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
During the colonial period the Punjabi Muslims formed the prized martial class for the British Raj.
That thing we seemed to possess was not the other, but an image of them we formed—they themselves are still free.
All the epochs that have existed since God first formed the world are mine to play with!
Infantry, cavalry and artillery crossed the creek and the ridges and formed in a solid line which nothing could resist.The Scouts of Stonewall|Joseph A. Altsheler
Several expeditionary armies were formed and despatched by the Tien-wang to raise the country in different directions.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh|Augustus F. Lindley
A new line of battle was formed on the plank road west of Chancellorsville, and on the turnpike east.The Campaign of Chancellorsville|Theodore A. Dodge
The “International”, as is well known, was formed in 1864 by French and English workingmen.Syndicalism in France|Louis Levine
- 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
Word Origin for form
early 13c., from Old French forme "physical form, appearance, pleasing looks; shape, image," from Latin forma "form, contour, figure, shape; appearance, looks' model, pattern, design; sort, kind condition," origin unknown. One theory holds that it is from Greek morphe "form, beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus) via Etruscan [Klein]. Sense of "behavior" is first recorded late 14c. Meaning "a document with blanks to be filled in" is from 1855.
c.1300, from Old French fourmer, from Latin formare, from forma "form, contour, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). Related: Formed; forming.
In addition to the idiom beginning with form
- form an opinion
- run to form
- true to form