- 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)
Words nearby form
Origin of form
SYNONYMS FOR form
OTHER WORDS FROM form
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH formform forum (see synonym study at the current entry)
Examples from the Web for half-formed
But he kept his word, and resumed his reading, and I let the half-formed question die on his lips unanswered.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was no alternative; and with only half-formed resolutions as to how I should act, I pushed forward.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
I even had a half-formed thought to scream loudly for help, but I could not do it.
Confused thoughts and half-formed impressions crowd through my brain, and from the chaos some reach the paper.Winning a Cause|John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood
British Dictionary definitions for half-formed (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for half-formed (2 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 half-formed (3 of 3)
Idioms and Phrases with half-formed
In addition to the idiom beginning with form
- form an opinion
- run to form
- true to form