from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The shape and structure of an object.
  • noun The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal; figure.
  • noun A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.
  • noun A mold for the setting of concrete.
  • noun The way in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself.
  • noun Philosophy The essential or ideal nature of something, especially as distinguished from its matter or material being.
  • noun A kind, type, or variety.
  • noun Botany A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
  • noun Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in verbal or musical composition.
  • noun A particular type or example of such arrangement.
  • noun Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom.
  • noun Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom.
  • noun A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony.
  • noun A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information.
  • noun Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria.
  • noun A pattern of behavior or performance.
  • noun Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training.
  • noun A racing form.
  • noun A grade in a British secondary school or in some American private schools.
  • noun A linguistic form.
  • noun The external aspect of words with regard to their inflections, pronunciation, or spelling.
  • noun Chiefly British A long seat; a bench.
  • noun The lair or resting place of a hare.
  • intransitive verb To give form to; shape.
  • intransitive verb To make or fashion by shaping.
  • intransitive verb To develop in the mind; conceive.
  • intransitive verb To arrange oneself in.
  • intransitive verb To organize or arrange.
  • intransitive verb To fashion, train, or develop by instruction, discipline, or precept.
  • intransitive verb To come to have; develop or acquire.
  • intransitive verb To enter into (a relationship).
  • intransitive verb To constitute or compose, especially out of separate elements.
  • intransitive verb To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection.
  • intransitive verb To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
  • intransitive verb To become formed or shaped.
  • intransitive verb To come into being by taking form; arise.
  • intransitive verb To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 an egg.


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

Middle English forme, from Latin fōrma.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.")


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