[ US /ˈfɔɹm/ ]
[ UK /fˈɔːm/ ]
  1. a particular mode in which something is manifested
    his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
  2. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
    he first sketches the plot in outline form
    the essay was in the form of a dialogue
  3. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    sculpture is a form of art
    what kinds of desserts are there?
  4. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
  5. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    a new strain of microorganisms
  6. (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary
    the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system
  7. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
  8. a printed document with spaces in which to write
    he filled out his tax form
  9. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
    he could barely make out their shapes
  10. a perceptual structure
    the composition presents problems for students of musical form
    a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
  11. a mold for setting concrete
    they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
  12. a body of students who are taught together
    early morning classes are always sleepy
  13. alternative names for the body of a human being
    he has a strong physique
    the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
    Leonardo studied the human body
  14. the visual appearance of something or someone
    the delicate cast of his features
  15. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    geometry is the mathematical science of shape
  16. an ability to perform well
    he was at the top of his form
    the team was off form last night
  1. establish or impress firmly in the mind
    We imprint our ideas onto our children
  2. give shape or form to
    form the young child's character
    shape the dough
  3. make something, usually for a specific function
    shape a figure
    Work the metal into a sword
    Form cylinders from the dough
    She molded the rice balls carefully
  4. develop into a distinctive entity
    our plans began to take shape
  5. to compose or represent
    This wall forms the background of the stage setting
    The branches made a roof
    This makes a fine introduction
  6. assume a form or shape
    the water formed little beads
  7. create (as an entity)
    They formed a company
    social groups form everywhere
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How To Use form In A Sentence

  • Richardson, are proprietors of shows, and the berouged, bedraggled creatures who exhibit on the platform outside for their living. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843
  • Their dried dung is found everywhere, and is in many places the only fuel afforded by the plains; their skulls, which last longer than any other part of the animal, are among the most familiar of objects to the plainsman; their bones are in many districts so plentiful that it has become a regular industry, followed by hundreds of men (christened "bone hunters" by the frontiersmen), to go out with wagons and collect them in great numbers for the sake of the phosphates they yield; and Bad Lands, plateaus, and prairies alike, are cut up in all directions by the deep ruts which were formerly buffalo trails. VIII. The Lordly Buffalo
  • This came out of an investigation he was carrying out into when a ternary quartic form could be represented as the sum of five fourth powers of linear forms.
  • One infers that all of this would be computerised information.
  • A substantial element of the system is the set of physical exercises performed in pairs and again based on the idea of the power of co-operation.
  • The new taxon is named Gamerabaena, and the authors note, under etymology, "'Gamera refers to the fictional, firebreathing turtle from the 1965 movie Gamera, in allusion to his fire-breathing capabilities and the Hell Creek Formation ... "Look at everything around us. Look at everything we've done."
  • Band leader, Ray Blue, is also a composer, arranger and performer on tenor, alto and soprano saxophones.
  • The performance had the legislature, including the subjects of the barbs, rocking with laughter.
  • The abrupt facies shift, bioturbation and cemented nature of the surfaces suggests that they represent marine flooding surfaces, formed during a rapid rise in relative sea level and/or a reduction in sediment supply.
  • There are a few formalities to be gone through before you enter a foreign country.
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