- 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)
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Origin of form
SYNONYMS FOR 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
That, combined with rising housing costs, could result in RVs and camper vans becoming viable alternative forms of long-term housing.
To close, Karp writes that the “strength and survival of deomocratic forms of government” depend on the right technology.Palantir’s filing to go public invokes patriotism and attacks Silicon Valley|Lucinda Shen|August 26, 2020|Fortune
Today’s business leaders are highly motivated to fix all forms of discrimination within their organizations.
According to federal policy and the housing authority’s own rules, such a form is considered a “last resort” and is only required if all other steps are not fruitful.She Was Sued Over Rent She Didn’t Owe. It Took Seven Court Dates to Prove She Was Right.|by Danielle Ohl, Capital Gazette, and Talia Buford and Beena Raghavendran, ProPublica|August 25, 2020|ProPublica
The social credit system, currently running in pilot form in a number of cities, is set to go nationwide sometime this year.The Chinese and U.S. Internets are drifting apart. Why that’s bad for the whole world|jakemeth|August 21, 2020|Fortune
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
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