Definition of Formation in English :

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Formation meaning in English

Meaning of Formation in English

Pronunciation of Formation in English

Formation pronunciation in English

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1. formation

an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

Example Sentences:
'a defensive formation'
'a formation of planes'

2. formation, shaping

the act of fabricating something in a particular shape

3. constitution, establishment, formation, organisation, organization

the act of forming or establishing something

Example Sentences:
'the constitution of a PTA group last year'
'it was the establishment of his reputation'
'he still remembers the organization of the club'

4. formation, geological formation

(geology) the geological features of the earth

5. formation

a particular spatial arrangement

6. formation

natural process that causes something to form

Example Sentences:
'the formation of gas in the intestine'
'the formation of crystals'
'the formation of pseudopods'

7. formation

creation by mental activity

Example Sentences:
'the formation of sentences'
'the formation of memories'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of formation
the act of giving or taking form, shape, or existence
something that is formed
the manner in which something is formed or arranged
a formal arrangement of a number of persons or things acting as a unit, such as a troop of soldiers, aircraft in flight, or a football team
(as modifier)
formation dancing
5. geology
the fundamental lithostratigraphic unit
a series of rocks with certain characteristics in common
6. ecology
a community of plants, such as a tropical rainforest, extending over a very large area

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see synonyms of formation
a forming or being formed
a thing formed
the way in which something is formed or arranged; structure
an arrangement or positioning, as of troops, ships, airplanes in flight, football players, etc.
5.  Ecology
the major unit of vegetation usually extending over a large area, as the prairie, deciduous forest, tundra, etc.
see also biome
6.  Geology
a rock unit distinguished from adjacent deposits by some common character, as composition, origin, type of fossil, etc.

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


see synonyms of formation
1. The act or process of forming something or of taking form.
2. Something formed: beautiful cloud formations.
3. The manner or style in which something is formed; structure: the distinctive formation of the human eye.
4. A specified arrangement or deployment, as of aircraft, troops, or players on a sports team.
5. Geology A primary unit in the mapping of rock strata, consisting of a set of contemporaneous rocks having the same characteristics and origin.

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