- the act or process of forming or the state of being formed: the formation of ice.
- the manner in which a thing is formed; disposition of parts; formal structure or arrangement.
- 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.
Origin of formation
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1. establishment, founding, organization.
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Examples from the Web for self-formation
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)
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
- the act of giving or taking form, shape, or existence
- something that is formed
- the manner in which something is formed or arranged
- 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
- ecology a community of plants, such as a tropical rainforest, extending over a very large area
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Word Origin and History for self-formation
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.)).
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- The act or process of forming something or of taking form.
- Something formed.
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- A long, mappable body of rock that is recognizable by its physical characteristics and by its location within the rock record.
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