form
noun.
the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
noun.
a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
sculpture is a form of art|what kinds of desserts are there?
Synonym: variety, sort, kind
noun.
a perceptual structure
the composition presents problems for students of musical form|a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
Synonym: pattern, shape
noun.
any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
he could barely make out their shapes
noun.
alternative names for the body of a human being
Leonardo studied the human body|he has a strong physique|the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
noun.
the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
geometry is the mathematical science of shape
Synonym: shape
noun.
the visual appearance of something or someone
the delicate cast of his features
Synonym: cast, shape
noun.
a printed document with spaces in which to write
he filled out his tax form
noun.
(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
a new strain of microorganisms
Synonym: variant, var., strain
noun.
an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
the essay was in the form of a dialogue|he first sketches the plot in outline form
noun.
a particular mode in which something is manifested
his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
noun.
(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
the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system
Synonym: phase
noun.
a body of students who are taught together
early morning classes are always sleepy
Synonym: class, course, grade
noun.
an ability to perform well
he was at the top of his form|the team was off form last night
noun.
a life-size dummy used to display clothes
noun.
a mold for setting concrete
they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
verb.
create (as an entity)
social groups form everywhere|They formed a company
Synonym: organize, organise
verb.
to compose or represent
This wall forms the background of the stage setting|The branches made a roof|This makes a fine introduction
Synonym: constitute, make
verb.
develop into a distinctive entity
our plans began to take shape
verb.
give shape or form to
shape the dough|form the young child's character
Synonym: shape
verb.
make something, usually for a specific function
She molded the rice balls carefully|Form cylinders from the dough|shape a figure|Work the metal into a sword
Synonym: forge, mold, mould, shape, work
verb.
establish or impress firmly in the mind
We imprint our ideas onto our children
Synonym: imprint
verb.
assume a form or shape
the water formed little beads