American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The shape and structure of an object.
- n. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal considered separately from the face or head; figure.
- n. The essence of something.
- n. The mode in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself; kind: a form of animal life; a form of blackmail.
- n. Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom.
- n. A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony; a formula.
- n. A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information: insurance forms.
- n. Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom.
- n. Behavior according to a fixed or accepted standard: Tardiness is considered bad form.
- n. Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria: a good jump shooter having an unusual form.
- n. Proven ability to perform: a musician at the top of her form.
- n. Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training.
- n. The past performance of a racehorse.
- n. A racing form.
- n. Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in literary or musical composition or in organized discourse: presented my ideas in outline form; a treatise in the form of dialogue.
- n. A particular type or example of such arrangement: The essay is a literary form.
- n. The design, structure, or pattern of a work of art: symphonic form.
- n. A mold for the setting of concrete.
- n. A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.
- n. A proportioned model that may be adjusted for fitting clothes.
- n. A grade in a British secondary school or in some American private schools: the sixth form.
- n. A linguistic form.
- n. The external aspect of words with regard to their inflections, pronunciation, or spelling.
- n. Chiefly British A long seat; a bench.
- n. The resting place of a hare.
- n. Botany A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
- v. To give form to; shape: form clay into figures.
- v. To develop in the mind; conceive: form an opinion.
- v. To shape or mold (dough, for example) into a particular form.
- v. To arrange oneself in: Holding out his arms, the cheerleader formed a T. The acrobats formed a pyramid.
- v. To organize or arrange: The environmentalists formed their own party.
- v. To fashion, train, or develop by instruction or precept: form a child's mind.
- v. To come to have; develop or acquire: form a habit.
- v. To constitute or compose a usually basic element, part, or characteristic of.
- v. To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection: form the pluperfect.
- v. To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
- v. To put in order; arrange.
- v. To become formed or shaped.
- v. To come into being by taking form; arise.
- v. To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The external shape or configuration of a body; the figure, as defined by lines and surfaces; external appearance considered independently of color or material; in an absolute use, the human figure: as, it was in the form of a circle; a triangular form; the form of the head or of the body; a beautiful or an ugly form.
- n. Specifically, in crystallography, the complex of planes included under the same general symbol. Thus in the isometric system the most general form is the hexoctahedron, embracing forty-eight similar planes. In the triclinic system a form, even in the most general case, includes only two similar planes, and is called an open form, since it does not represent an inclosed solid or closed form; similarly, the two basal planes in the orthorhombic system constitute a form.
- n. Attractive appearance; shapeliness; beauty.
- n. A costume; a special dress: as, a blue silk form.
- n. A mold, pattern, or model; something to give shape, or on or after which things are fashioned: as, a hatters' or a milliners' form; a form for jelly.
- n. In printing, an assemblage of types secured in a chase for stereotyping, or of either types or plates for printing. A form may consist of one page or of many pages. For stereotyping, no particular order of arrangement is necessary; for printing, the pages are arranged in such order that in folding the printed sheet they will fall in regular sequence. In book-printing, before the general use of steam presses, two forms (see
innerand outer form, below) were usually required for a sheet, one being separately printed on each side; now a single form frequently comprises a whole sheet, the paper being turned end for end for printing the second side. Large newspapers, however, still require two forms. In this sense often spelled formein Great Britain.
- n. In milit. engine., same as gabion-form. See gabion.
- n. In general, arrangement of or relationship between the parts of anything, as distinguished from the parts themselves: opposed to matter, but not properly to substance (unless it be the intention of the writer to identify substance with matter). Thus, to say that the soul was immaterial was formerly considered the same as to say that it was a form. With the older writers form is often synonymous with essence, and has generally lofty associations (thus, the shape of a living being, considered as its perfection, was called its form, while that of a lifeless thing was called its figure, but not its form); and these ideas cling to the word in the minds of later writers, as Kant. But with many modern writers the conception is of something imposed upon the thing from without, and distinct from its life and essence. In metaphysics form denotes a determination, a specializing element, that constituent of a thing by virtue of which it is the kind of thing that it is. In the Platonic philosophy the form is the exemplar according to which a thing is made, or the mold, as it were, in which the thing is cast. In the Aristotelian philosophy form is the developed actuality, matter the undeveloped potentiality; matter is that element by virtue of which the thing is, form is that by which it is as it is—that is, the nature or essence of the thing. In Bacon's philosophy the true form is the physical structure or constitution of anything. In Kant's philosophy form, is that element of an object which is imported into it by the mind: opposed to the matter, which is given in sense. For various other metaphysical applications of the term, see phrases below.
- n. A specific formation or arrangement; characteristic structure, constitution, or appearance; disposition of parts or conditions.
- n. Mode or manner of being, action, or manifestation; specific state, condition, determination, variation, or kind: as, water in the form of steam or of ice; electricity is a form of energy; English is a form of German speech; varioloid is a mild form of smallpox; life in all its forms.
- n. Fixed order or method; systematic or orderly arrangement or proceeding, as to either generals or particulars; system or formula: as, the forms of civilized society; a form of words or of prayer; a rough draft to be reduced to form; a document in due form.
- n. Specifically, mere manner as opposed to intrinsic qualities; style.
- n. Formality, or a formality: ceremony.
- n. Conformity to the conventionalities and usages of society; propriety: chiefly in the phrases good form, bad form.
- n. Mere appearance; semblance.
- n. High condition or fitness for any undertaking, as a competition, especially a physical competition; powers of competing.
- n. In algebra, a quantic in which the variables are considered abstractly with reference only to their mathematical relations in the quantic, and apart from any signification.
- n. In grammar, a word bearing the sign of a distinct grammatical character, or denoted by its structure as having a particular office.
- n. In music: The general theory or science of so arranging themes, tonalities, phrases, and sections in a piece that order, symmetry, and correlation of parts may be secured: one of the most important branches of the art of composition.
- n. The particular rhythmical, melodic, or harmonic disposition or arrangement of tones in a phrase, section, or movement, especially when distinct and regular enough to be known by a special name, as the sonata-form, the rondo-form, etc.
- n. A blank or schedule to be filled out by the insertion of details; a sample or specimen document calculated to serve as a guide in framing others in like cases: as, a form for a deed, lease, or contract.
- n. A long seat; a bench.
- n. A number of pupils sitting together on a bench at school.
- n. A class or rank of students in a school (especially in England).
- n. Hence— A class or rank in society.
- n. The seat or bed of a hare.
- n. The hares (Lepus Americanus) were very familiar. One had her form under my house all winter, separated from me only by the flooring.
- n. A particular species or kind; a species of a genus, etc.; any assemblage of similar things constituting a component of a group, especially of a zoölogical group.
- n. In printing, a form of types in which a page or several pages have been left blank.
- To give form to; Shape; mold, To give a figure to; make a figure of; constitute as a figure: as, to form a statue; to form a triangle.
- In general, to model, make, or produce by any combination of parts or materials.
- Specifically— To arrange; combine in any particular manner; as, he formed his troops into a hollow square.
- To model by Instruction and discipline; mold; train.
- To devise; conceive; frame; invent; create: as, to form opinions from sound premises; to form an image in the mind.
- In grammar, to make, as a word, by derivation or by affixes.
- To go to make up; be an element or constituent of; constitute; take the shape of: as, duplicity forms no part of his character; these facts form a safe foundation for our conclusions.
- To display so as to communicate the real meaning.
- To persuade; bring to do.
- To provide with a form, as a hare.
- Synonyms To fashion, carve, produce, dispose.
- To constitute, compose, make up.
- To take or come into form; assume the characteristic or implied figure, appearance, or arrangement: as, the troops formed in columns; ice forms at a temperature of 32°F.
- To run for a form, as a hare; squat in a form.
- A termination in words of Latin origin, or in words formed like them, meaning ‘-like, -shaped, in the form of’: as, ensiform, sword-like, sword-shaped; falciform, sickle-shaped; vermiform, worm-like; oviform, in the form of egg.
- n. A flower-bud of the cotton-plant.
- In electricity, to change (the surface of the plates of a secondary or storage-cell) by repeated charge and discharge, so that they are in condition for use.
- In electricity, to convert the active material of the positive plate of a storage-cell into lead monoxid or that of the negative plate into spongy lead, either by the action of the charging current or by direct chemical means.
- n. The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
- n. A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
- n. An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
- n. A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.
- n. grammar A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages.
- n. Characteristics not involving atomic components.
- n. UK A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).
- n. UK, education A class or year of students (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).
- n. The den or home of a hare.
- n. dated A long bench with no back.
- n. computing, programming A window or dialogue box.
- n. UK Grade (level of pre-collegiate education).
- n. biology An infraspecific rank.
- v. transitive To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).
- v. intransitive To take shape.
- v. transitive, linguistics To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.
- v. transitive To constitute, to compose, to make up.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system.
- n. Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula.
- n. Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality.
- n. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.
- n. A shape; an image; a phantom.
- n. That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
- n. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
- n. The seat or bed of a hare.
- n. (Print.) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
- n. (Fine Arts) The boundary line of a material object. In (painting), more generally, the human body.
- n. (Gram.) The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech
- n. (Crystallog.) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
- n. (Metaph.) That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called
essentialor substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.
- n. Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the
matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.
- n. (Biol.) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
- v. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
- v. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.
- v. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.
- v. To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
- v. (Gram.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
- v. (Elec.) 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
formedby a direct charging current.
- v. To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement.
- v. To run to a form, as a hare.
- v. make something, usually for a specific function
- v. assume a form or shape
- n. a printed document with spaces in which to write
- n. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
- n. alternative names for the body of a human being
- n. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
- n. an ability to perform well
- n. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
- n. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
- n. (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
- n. a perceptual structure
- v. to compose or represent:
- n. a body of students who are taught together
- v. create (as an entity)
- n. a mold for setting concrete
- n. a particular mode in which something is manifested
- v. establish or impress firmly in the mind
- n. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
- v. give shape or form to
- n. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
- n. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
- n. the visual appearance of something or someone
- v. develop into a distinctive entity
- From Middle English forme ("shape, figure, manner, bench, frame, seat, condition, agreement, etc."), from Old French forme, from Latin forma ("shape, figure, image, outline, plan, mold, frame, case, etc., manner, sort, kind, etc.") (Wiktionary)
- Middle English forme, from Latin fōrma. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I still await some form of PERSONAL **not form** answer.”
“These experiments merely indicate that _the parent form possesses more potential characters than it can give expression to in a single individual form_, some of them being necessarily latent or hidden, and that when these latent ones show themselves they must do so at the expense of others which become latent or hidden in their turn.”
“Was the form of slavery which our professor pronounces innocent _the form_ witnessed by our Savior "in Judea?”
“It is clear that the main point of the question does not lie in organic matter or in organic form, but in organic _motion_, for even the specific of the organic _form_ originates only first through _organic motion of life_.”
“The olden transcendentalist dragged on in barren cells and dreary poverty in order not to divert his glorified vision of the formless by the beauty of the _ever present form_; the modern transcendentalist brings his higher laws into play, conquers his poverty and commands around himself the beauty and luxury and freedom of the world of form, and it speaks to him in matchless raiment, luxuriant flowers, gems, material comforts and soft ease.”
“The relation between matter and form, or between _content and form_, as it is generally called, is one of the most disputed questions in”
“What is real is the continual _change of_ form: _form is only a snapshot view of a transition_.”
“But they will never do it; for, in their eyes, spoliation is a principle of hatred and disorder, and the most particularly odious form which it can assume is _the legal form_.”
“In her trial, Patrick used a fish-oil-based essential fatty acid from Nordic Naturals that consisted of 225mg of Omega-3 (E.A and DHA), 33mg of Omega-6 (GLA) and 15 IU of Vitamin E. Nordic Naturals fish oils are of the highest quality and all Nordic Naturals fish oils are in their natural triglyceride form*, which is the optimum form for the body to absorb and use.”
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