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1. descriptor, form, signifier, word form

the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something

Example Sentences:
'the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached'

2. form, kind, sort, variety

a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

Example Sentences:
'sculpture is a form of art'
'what kinds of desserts are there?'

3. form, pattern, shape

a perceptual structure

Example Sentences:
'the composition presents problems for students of musical form'
'a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them'

4. configuration, conformation, contour, form, shape

any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

Example Sentences:
'he could barely make out their shapes'

5. anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, form, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma

alternative names for the body of a human being

Example Sentences:
'Leonardo studied the human body'
'he has a strong physique'
'the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak'

6. form, shape

the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

Example Sentences:
'geometry is the mathematical science of shape'

7. cast, form, shape

the visual appearance of something or someone

Example Sentences:
'the delicate cast of his features'

8. form

a printed document with spaces in which to write

Example Sentences:
'he filled out his tax form'

9. form, strain, var., variant

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

Example Sentences:
'a new strain of microorganisms'

10. form

an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse

Example Sentences:
'the essay was in the form of a dialogue'
'he first sketches the plot in outline form'

11. form

a particular mode in which something is manifested

Example Sentences:
'his resentment took the form of extreme hostility'

12. form, phase

(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

Example Sentences:
'the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system'

13. class, course, form, grade

a body of students who are taught together

Example Sentences:
'early morning classes are always sleepy'

14. form

an ability to perform well

Example Sentences:
'he was at the top of his form'
'the team was off form last night'

15. form, manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin

a life-size dummy used to display clothes

16. form

a mold for setting concrete

Example Sentences:
'they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation'


17. form, organise, organize

create (as an entity)

Example Sentences:
'social groups form everywhere'
'They formed a company'

18. constitute, form, make

to compose or represent:

Example Sentences:
'This wall forms the background of the stage setting'
'The branches made a roof'
'This makes a fine introduction'

19. form, spring, take form, take shape

develop into a distinctive entity

Example Sentences:
'our plans began to take shape'

20. form, shape

give shape or form to

Example Sentences:
'shape the dough'
'form the young child's character'

21. forge, form, mold, mould, shape, work

make something, usually for a specific function

Example Sentences:
'She molded the rice balls carefully'
'Form cylinders from the dough'
'shape a figure'
'Work the metal into a sword'

22. form, imprint

establish or impress firmly in the mind

Example Sentences:
'We imprint our ideas onto our children'

23. form

assume a form or shape

Example Sentences:
'the water formed little beads'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of form
the shape or configuration of something as distinct from its colour, texture, etc
the particular mode, appearance, etc, in which a thing or person manifests itself
water in the form of ice
in the form of a bat
a type or kind
imprisonment is a form of punishment
a printed document, esp one with spaces in which to insert facts or answers
an application form
(as modifier)
a form letter
physical or mental condition, esp good condition, with reference to ability to perform
off form
the previous record of a horse, athlete, etc, esp with regard to fitness
7. British slang
a criminal record
style, arrangement, or design in the arts, as opposed to content
a fixed mode of artistic expression or representation in literary, musical, or other artistic works
sonata form
sonnet form
a mould, frame, etc, that gives shape to something
organized structure or order, as in an artistic work
12. education, mainly British
a group of children who are taught together; class
manner, method, or style of doing something, esp with regard to recognized standards
behaviour or procedure, esp as governed by custom or etiquette
good form
formality or ceremony
a prescribed set or order of words, terms, etc, as in a religious ceremony or legal document
17. philosophy
the structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content
essence as opposed to matter
c. (often capital)
(in the philosophy of Plato) the ideal universal that exists independently of the particulars which fall under it
See also Form
(in the philosophy of Aristotle) the constitution of matter to form a substance; by virtue of this its nature can be understood
18.  logical form
19. British
a bench, esp one that is long, low, and backless
the nest or hollow in which a hare lives
a group of organisms within a species that differ from similar groups by trivial differences, as of colour
22. linguistics
the phonological or orthographic shape or appearance of a linguistic element, such as a word
a linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning
23. crystallography crystal form
24. taxonomy
a group distinguished from other groups by a single characteristic: ranked below a variety
to give shape or form to or to take shape or form, esp a specified or particular shape
to come or bring into existence
a scum formed on the surface
to make, produce, or construct or be made, produced, or constructed
to construct or develop in the mind
to form an opinion
29. (transitive)
to train, develop, or mould by instruction, discipline, or example
30. (transitive)
to acquire, contract, or develop
to form a habit
31. (transitive)
to be an element of, serve as, or constitute
this plank will form a bridge
32. (transitive)
to draw up; organize
to form a club
(in the philosophy of Plato) an ideal archetype existing independently of those individuals which fall under it, supposedly explaining their common properties and serving as the only objects of true knowledge as opposed to the mere opinion obtainable of matters of fact
. Also called: Idea

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of form
the shape, outline, or configuration of anything; structure as apart from color, material, etc.
the body or figure of a person or animal
a model of the human figure, esp. one used to display or fit clothes
anything used to give shape to something else; mold; specif., a temporary structure of boards or metal into which concrete is poured to set
the particular mode of existence a thing has or takes
water in the form of vapor
arrangement; esp., orderly arrangement; way in which parts of a whole are organized; pattern; style
see also content2
a specific arrangement, esp. a conventional one
a way of doing something requiring skill; specif., the style or technique of an athlete, esp. when it is the standard or approved one
a customary or conventional way of acting or behaving; ceremony; ritual; formality
a fixed order of words; formula
the form of a wedding announcement
a printed document with blank spaces to be filled in
an application form
a particular kind, type, species, or variety
man is a form of animal life
physical or mental condition with respect to one's performance or effectiveness
in good form for the game
racing form
what is or was to be expected, based on past performances
to react according to form
the lair or hiding place of a hare, etc.
a long, wooden bench without a back, as formerly in a schoolroom
a grade or class in some private schools and in British secondary schools
16.  Archaic
17.  Grammar
any of the different variations in which a word may appear due to changes of inflection, spelling, or pronunciation
“am” is a form of the verb “be”
18.  Linguistics
linguistic form
19.  Philosophy
the ideal nature or essential character of a thing as distinguished from its material manifestation; specif., in Plato, an idea (sense 7)
20.  Printing
the type, engravings, etc. locked in a frame, or chase, for printing or plating
verb transitive
to give shape or form to; fashion; make, as in some particular way
to mold or shape by training and discipline; train; instruct
to develop (habits)
to think of; frame in the mind; conceive
to come together into; organize into
to form a club
to make up; act as; create out of separate elements; constitute
thirteen states formed the original Union
27.  Grammar
to build (words) from bases, affixes, etc.
to construct or make up (a phrase, sentence, etc.)
verb intransitive
to be formed; assume shape
to come into being; take form
to take a definite or specific form or shape

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of form
Having the form of: plexiform.
a. The shape and structure of an object: the form of a snowflake.
b. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal; figure: In the fog we could see two forms standing on the bridge.
c. A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.
d. A mold for the setting of concrete.
a. The way in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself: an element usually found in the form of a gas.
b. Philosophy The essential or ideal nature of something, especially as distinguished from its matter or material being.
a. A kind, type, or variety: A cat is a form of mammal.
b. Botany A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
a. Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in verbal or musical composition: presented my ideas in outline form; a treatise in the form of a dialogue.
b. A particular type or example of such arrangement: The essay is a literary form.
a. Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom: gave his consent solely as a matter of form.
b. Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom: Arriving late to a wedding is considered bad form.
c. A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony: "As they had never had a funeral aboard a ship, they began rehearsing the forms so as to be ready" (Arthur Conan Doyle).
d. A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information: insurance forms.
a. Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria: a musician at the top of her form.
b. A pattern of behavior or performance: remained true to form and showed up late.
c. Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training: a dog in excellent form.
d. A racing form.
7. A grade in a British secondary school or in some American private schools: the sixth form.
a. A linguistic form.
b. The external aspect of words with regard to their inflections, pronunciation, or spelling.
a. Chiefly British A long seat; a bench.
b. The lair or resting place of a hare.
v. formed, form·ing, forms
a. To give form to; shape: form clay into figures.
b. To make or fashion by shaping: form figures out of clay.
c. To develop in the mind; conceive: Her reading led her to form a different opinion.
a. To arrange oneself in: Holding out his arms, the cheerleader formed a T. The acrobats formed a pyramid.
b. To organize or arrange: The environmentalists formed their own party.
c. To fashion, train, or develop by instruction, discipline, or precept: formed the recruits into excellent soldiers.
a. To come to have; develop or acquire: He formed the habit of walking to work.
b. To enter into (a relationship): They formed a friendship.
4. To constitute or compose, especially out of separate elements: the bones that form the skeleton.
a. To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection: form the pluperfect.
b. To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
1. To become formed or shaped: Add enough milk so the dough forms easily into balls.
2. To come into being by taking form; arise: Clouds will form in the afternoon.
3. To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern: The soldiers formed into a column.

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