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Definition of "form" []

  • The shape and structure of an object. (noun)
  • The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal considered separately from the face or head; figure. (noun)
  • The essence of something. (noun)
  • The mode in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself; kind: a form of animal life; a form of blackmail. (noun)
  • Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom. (noun)
  • The shape or configuration of something as distinct from its colour, texture, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The particular mode, appearance, etc, in which a thing or person manifests itself (noun)
  • A type or kind (noun)
  • A printed document, esp one with spaces in which to insert facts or answers (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • Physical or mental condition, esp good condition, with reference to ability to perform (noun)
  • The previous record of a horse, athlete, etc, esp with regard to fitness (noun)
  • A criminal record (noun)
  • Style, arrangement, or design in the arts, as opposed to content (noun)
  • A fixed mode of artistic expression or representation in literary, musical, or other artistic works (noun)
  • A mould, frame, etc, that gives shape to something (noun)
  • Organized structure or order, as in an artistic work (noun)
  • A group of children who are taught together; class (noun)
  • Manner, method, or style of doing something, esp with regard to recognized standards (noun)
  • Behaviour or procedure, esp as governed by custom or etiquette (noun)
  • Formality or ceremony (noun)
  • A prescribed set or order of words, terms, etc, as in a religious ceremony or legal document (noun)
  • The structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content (noun)
  • Essence as opposed to matter (noun)
  • (in the philosophy of Plato) the ideal universal that exists independently of the particulars which fall under it (noun)
  • (in the philosophy of Aristotle) the constitution of matter to form a substance; by virtue of this its nature can be understood (noun)
  • A bench, esp one that is long, low, and backless (noun)
  • The nest or hollow in which a hare lives (noun)
  • A group of organisms within a species that differ from similar groups by trivial differences, as of colour (noun)
  • The phonological or orthographic shape or appearance of a linguistic element, such as a word (noun)
  • A linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning (noun)
  • A group distinguished from other groups by a single characteristic: ranked below a variety (noun)
  • To give shape or form to or to take shape or form, esp a specified or particular shape (verb)
  • To come or bring into existence (verb)
  • To make, produce, or construct or be made, produced, or constructed (verb)
  • To construct or develop in the mind (verb)
  • To train, develop, or mould by instruction, discipline, or example (verb)
  • To acquire, contract, or develop (verb)
  • To be an element of, serve as, or constitute (verb)
  • To draw up; organize (verb)

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Use "form" in a sentence
  • "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?""