- a particular disposition of troops, as in columns, squares, etc.
- any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit.
- a body of rocks classed as a stratigraphic unit for geologic mapping.Compare member(def 8).
- the process of depositing rock or mineral of a particular composition or origin.
- formation dance,
- formation rules,
- formative assessment,
- formative element
Origin of formation
Examples from the Web for self-formation
All real knowledge involves a spiritual creation, an advance, and a self-formation of life as a whole.Life's Basis and Life's Ideal|Rudolf Eucken
I am mistaken, if we do not recognise in his instance two very interesting qualities of life: predisposition and self-formation.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Isaac D'Israeli
- a formal arrangement of a number of persons or things acting as a unit, such as a troop of soldiers, aircraft in flight, or a football team
- (as modifier)formation dancing
- the fundamental lithostratigraphic unit
- a series of rocks with certain characteristics in common
late 14c., from Old French formacion (12c.) or directly from Latin formationem (nominative formatio) "a forming, shaping," noun of action or condition from past participle stem of formare "to form" (see form (v.)).