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form - Dictionary definition and meaning for word form

Definition
(noun) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
Synonyms : descriptor , signifier , word form
Example Sentence
  • the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached

Definition
(noun) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
Synonyms : kind , sort , variety
Example Sentence
  • sculpture is a form of art
  • what kinds of desserts are there?

Definition
(noun) a perceptual structure
Synonyms : pattern , shape
Example Sentence
  • the composition presents problems for students of musical form
  • a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them

Definition
(noun) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
Example Sentence
  • he could barely make out their shapes

Definition
(noun) alternative names for the body of a human being
Example Sentence
  • Leonardo studied the human body
  • he has a strong physique
  • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

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(noun) the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
Synonyms : shape
Example Sentence
  • geometry is the mathematical science of shape

Definition
(noun) the visual appearance of something or someone
Synonyms : cast , shape
Example Sentence
  • the delicate cast of his features

Definition
(noun) a printed document with spaces in which to write
Example Sentence
  • he filled out his tax form

Definition
(noun) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
Synonyms : strain , var. , variant
Example Sentence
  • a new strain of microorganisms

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(noun) an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
Example Sentence
  • the essay was in the form of a dialogue
  • he first sketches the plot in outline form

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(noun) a particular mode in which something is manifested
Example Sentence
  • his resentment took the form of extreme hostility

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(noun) (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
Synonyms : phase
Example Sentence
  • the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system

Definition
(noun) a body of students who are taught together
Synonyms : class , course , grade
Example Sentence
  • early morning classes are always sleepy

Definition
(noun) an ability to perform well
Example Sentence
  • he was at the top of his form
  • the team was off form last night

Definition
(noun) a life-size dummy used to display clothes
Synonyms : manakin , manikin , mannequin , mannikin

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(noun) a mold for setting concrete
Example Sentence
  • they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation

Definition
(verb) create (as an entity)
Synonyms : organise , organize
Example Sentence
  • social groups form everywhere
  • They formed a company

Definition
(verb) to compose or represent:
Synonyms : constitute , make
Example Sentence
  • This wall forms the background of the stage setting
  • The branches made a roof
  • This makes a fine introduction

Definition
(verb) develop into a distinctive entity
Synonyms : spring , take form , take shape
Example Sentence
  • our plans began to take shape

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(verb) give shape or form to
Synonyms : shape
Example Sentence
  • shape the dough
  • form the young child's character

Definition
(verb) make something, usually for a specific function
Synonyms : forge , mold , mould , shape , work
Example Sentence
  • She molded the rice balls carefully
  • Form cylinders from the dough
  • shape a figure
  • Work the metal into a sword

Definition
(verb) establish or impress firmly in the mind
Synonyms : imprint
Example Sentence
  • We imprint our ideas onto our children

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(verb) assume a form or shape
Example Sentence
  • the water formed little beads

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