Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having no definite form; shapeless. See Synonyms at shapeless.
  • adj. Lacking order.
  • adj. Having no material existence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without form; shapeless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shapeless; without a determinate form; wanting regularity of shape.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wanting form or shape; without a determinate form; shapeless; amorphous.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having no physical form
  • adj. having no definite form or distinct shape

Etymologies

From form +‎ -less. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In this ocean of universal energy or atmospheric environment which we call formless, there is always some form of some kind, but the formless is a form too high for our human mind to comprehend, we have not yet reached the plane of unfoldment where we have cosmic recognition.

    Freedom Talks No. II

  • If this unimaginable intelligence in the formless is continuously expressing its intelligence in form, the leader who is consciously connected to this intelligence shines and has a high level of attraction.

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  • As the months have passed, Barak Obama has had time to develop his points and outline his approach to solutions, but these issues remain formless conjecture couched in political rhetoric.

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  • Our nature dim, like to an unlighted torch, sleeps in formless blank till the fire attain it; this life of life, this light to moon, and glory to the sun.

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  • Metaphysics VII 3: In abstracting all qualities and other determinations from body Aristotle arrived at a conception of characterless, undetermined matter, a “prime matter” that the Neoplatonists later defined as formless and incorporeal (because it was no actual body, but only the necessary underlying condition for bodies).

    John Philoponus

  • Aside from the expression of pure relation a language may, of course, be “formless”—formless, that is, in the mechanical and rather superficial sense that it is not encumbered by the use of non-radical elements.

    Chapter 6. Types of Linguistic Structure

  • He may be termed formless by those who, not without much reason to show for themselves, are wedded to the established forms and ratified refinements of poetic art; but it seems reasonable to enlarge the canon till it includes so great and startling a genius, rather than to draw it close and exclude him.

    Poems By Walt Whitman

  • In Job 38, for example, the first act of creation involves a conflict between God and the sea, that is, the formless, watery deep that was there before the world began.

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  • Finding form in the formless is another way of putting it.

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  • (Although attempting a truly "formless" novel might be an interesting experiment in itself.)

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