- 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)
Origin of form
Synonyms for form
Antonyms for form
- 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