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Definition of 'form'


  1. 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"
       Synonyms: word form signifier descriptor
  2. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
       Synonyms: kind sort variety
  3. 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"
       Synonyms: shape pattern
  4. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
       Synonyms: shape configuration contour conformation
  5. alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
       Synonyms: human body physical body material body soma build figure physique anatomy shape bod chassis frame flesh
  6. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
       Synonyms: shape
  7. the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"
       Synonyms: shape cast
  8. (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"
       Synonyms: phase
  9. a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"
  10. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
       Synonyms: variant strain var.
  11. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"
  12. a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
  13. a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"
       Synonyms: class grade
  14. an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"
  15. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
       Synonyms: mannequin manikin mannikin manakin
  16. a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"


  1. to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"
       Synonyms: constitute make
  2. create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"
       Synonyms: organize organise
  3. develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape"
       Synonyms: take form take shape spring
  4. give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"
       Synonyms: shape
  5. make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
       Synonyms: shape work mold mould forge
  6. establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children"
       Synonyms: imprint
  7. assume a form or shape; "the water formed little beads"

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