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form

noun (n)

  • the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something (noun.communication)
    Example:
    The inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached.
    source: wordnet30
  • a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: kind, sort, variety
    Example:
    Sculpture is a form of art.
    source: wordnet30
  • a perceptual structure (noun.cognition)
    Synonym: pattern, shape
    Example:
    The composition presents problems for students of musical form.
    source: wordnet30
  • any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) (noun.attribute)
    source: wordnet30
  • alternative names for the body of a human being (noun.body)
    source: wordnet30
  • the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance (noun.tops)
    Synonym: shape
    source: wordnet30
  • the visual appearance of something or someone (noun.attribute)
    Synonym: cast, shape
    source: wordnet30
  • a printed document with spaces in which to write (noun.communication)
    Example:
    He filled out his tax form.
    source: wordnet30
  • (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups (noun.group)
    Synonym: strain, var., variant
    source: wordnet30
  • an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse (noun.communication)
    Example:
    The essay was in the form of a dialogue.
    He first sketches the plot in outline form.
    source: wordnet30
  • a particular mode in which something is manifested (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    His resentment took the form of extreme hostility.
    source: wordnet30
  • (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 (noun.state)
    Synonym: phase
    source: wordnet30
  • a body of students who are taught together (noun.group)
    Synonym: class, course, grade
    source: wordnet30
  • an ability to perform well (noun.attribute)
    Example:
    He was at the top of his form.
    The team was off form last night.
    source: wordnet30
  • a life-size dummy used to display clothes (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a mold for setting concrete (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    They built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation.
    source: wordnet30
  • A suffix used to denote in the form or shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • create (as an entity) (verb.social)
    Synonym: organise, organize
    Example:
    Social groups form everywhere.
    They formed a company.
    source: wordnet30
  • to compose or represent: (verb.stative)
    Synonym: constitute, make
    Example:
    This wall forms the background of the stage setting.
    source: wordnet30
  • develop into a distinctive entity (verb.stative)
    source: wordnet30
  • give shape or form to (verb.change)
    Example:
    Form the young child's character.
    source: wordnet30
  • make something, usually for a specific function (verb.creation)
    Synonym: forge, mold, mould, shape, work
    Example:
    Form cylinders from the dough.
    source: wordnet30
  • establish or impress firmly in the mind (verb.social)
    Synonym: imprint
    source: wordnet30
  • assume a form or shape (verb.change)
    Example:
    The water formed little beads.
    source: wordnet30
  • To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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