[fɔːm] or [fɔrm]
(noun.) a mold for setting concrete; 'they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation'.
(noun.) the visual appearance of something or someone; 'the delicate cast of his features'.
(noun.) a particular mode in which something is manifested; 'his resentment took the form of extreme hostility'.
(noun.) an ability to perform well; 'he was at the top of his form'; 'the team was off form last night'.
(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'.
(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 printed document with spaces in which to write; 'he filled out his tax form'.
(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.) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; 'a new strain of microorganisms'.
(verb.) assume a form or shape; 'the water formed little beads'.
(verb.) create (as an entity); 'social groups form everywhere'; 'They formed a company'.
(verb.) to compose or represent:'This wall forms the background of the stage setting'; 'The branches made a roof'; 'This makes a fine introduction'.
(verb.) develop into a distinctive entity; 'our plans began to take shape'.
(n.) A suffix used to denote in the form / shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.
(n.) The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance.
(n.) Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.
(n.) Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.
(n.) Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.
(n.) Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.
(n.) A shape; an image; a phantom.
(n.) That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
(n.) A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
(n.) The seat or bed of a hare.
(n.) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
(n.) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
(n.) The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
(n.) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
(n.) That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.
(n.) Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.
(n.) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
(n.) To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
(n.) To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.
(n.) To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.
(n.) To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
(n.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
(v. i.) To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.
(v. i.) To run to a form, as a hare.
n. . Shape (with especial reference to structure), figure, configuration, conformation, mould, fashion, cast, cut, TOURNURE.. Mode, method, formula, formulary, established practice.. Manner, system.. Regularity, order, arrangement, shapeliness.. Ceremony, formality, ceremonial, conventionality, etiquette, conventional rule.. Empty show, mere appearance.. Bench, long seat (without a back).. Class, rank of students.. Type in a chase (ready for printing).. Mould, pattern, model.
v. a. . Fashion, shape, carve, mould.. Make, create, produce.. Contrive, devise, invent, frame.. Constitute, compose, make up.. Arrange, dispose, combine.
SYN:Shape, mould, fashion, constitute, arrange, frame, construct, contrive,conceive, make, produce, create, devise
ANT:Deform, dislocate, distort, dissipate, derange, dismember, disintegrate,analyze, disorganize
n. shape of a body: the boundary-line of an object: a model: a mould: mode of being: mode of arrangement: order: regularity: system as of government: beauty or elegance: established practice: ceremony: fitness or efficiency for any undertaking: a blank schedule to be filled in with details: a specimen document to be copied or imitated: (phil.) the inherent nature of an object that which the mind itself contributes as the condition of knowing that in which the essence of a thing consists: (print.) the type from which an impression is to be taken arranged and secured in a chase—often Forme:—(in the fol. senses pron. fōrm) a long seat a bench: the pupils on a form a class: the bed of a hare which takes its shape from the animal's body.—v.t. to give form or shape to: to make: to contrive: to settle as an opinion: to combine: to go to make up: to establish: (gram.) to make by derivation.—v.i. to assume a form.—adj. Form′al according to form or established mode: ceremonious punctilious methodical: having the form only: (Shak.) embodied in a form: having the power of making a thing what it is: essential: proper.—v.t. and v.i. Form′alise.—ns. Form′alism excessive observance of form or conventional usage esp. in religion: stiffness of manner; Form′alist one having exaggerated regard to rules or established usages; Formal′ity the precise observance of forms or ceremonies: established order: sacrifice of substance to form.—adv. Form′ally.—n. Formā′tion a making or producing: structure: (geol.) a group of strata of one period.—adj. Form′ative giving form determining moulding: (gram.) inflectional serving to form not radical.—n. a derivative.—p.adj. Formed trained mature.—n. Form′er.—adj. Form′less shapeless.—Formal logic (see Logic).—Good or Bad form according to good social usage or the opposite; Take form to assume a definite appearance.
To see anything ill formed, denotes disappointment. To have a beautiful form, denotes favorable conditions to health and business.
- They have a kind of hard flints, which, by grinding against other stones, they form into instruments, that serve instead of wedges, axes, and hammers. 乔纳森·斯威夫特. 格列佛游记.
- The latter peculiarity took the form of a dislike to being left alone, especially after dark. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯回忆录.
- He entered the front room not without blushing; for he, like many, had felt the power of this girl's face and form. 托马斯·哈代. 还乡.
- The most efficient form of water motor is the turbine, a strong metal wheel shaped somewhat like a pin wheel, inclosed in a heavy metal case. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- THERE'S a babby for you,' said Mr. Peggotty, with another roar, 'in the form of a Sea Porkypine! 查尔斯·狄更斯. 大卫·科波菲尔.
- In the hydraulic form of elevator, a motor worked by water is employed to lift the car, although steam power is also employed to raise the water. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- Undoubtedly, he said, the form of government which you describe is a mixture of good and evil. 柏拉图. 理想国.
- The motors are arranged under the cars in varying forms adapted to the structure of the car. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- Ingenious forms of hand-operated ironing machines for turning over and ironing the edges of collars, and other articles, are in successful use. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- Painting, chopping wood, hammering, plowing, washing, scrubbing, sewing, are all forms of work. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- Israel wars with Judah and the neighbouring states; forms alliances first with one and then with the other. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- The modern boss, on the other hand, shelters behind legal forms which he has got hold of and uses for his own ends. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- Scientists and inventors now had two forms of electrical machines to produce light: the voltaic battery and the magneto-electric apparatus. 威廉·亨利·杜利特. 世纪发明.
- It had grammatical forms and verbal devices of some complexity. 赫伯特·乔治·威尔斯. 世界史纲.
- Animal and vegetable matter buried in the depth of the earth sometimes undergoes natural distillation, and as a result gas is formed. 伯莎M.克拉克. 科学通论.
- When the iron parts with its carbon it loses its fluidity and becomes plastic and coherent, and is formed into balls called _blooms_. Edward W. Byrn. 十九世纪发明进展.
- The offered hand--rather large, but beautifully formed--was given to me with the easy, unaffected self-reliance of a highly-bred woman. 威尔基·柯林斯. 白衣女人.
- In such a Kaleidoscope, the circular figure will be formed by three reflections from each glass. 弗雷德里克·科利尔·贝克维尔. 伟大的事实.
- From the cooling and cont racting masses that were to constitute the planets smaller zones and rings were formed. 李贝. 西洋科学史.
- I have formed no conclusion whatever, my companion answered. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯归来记.
- You have, no doubt, already formed your conclusions from the newspapers, he said. 阿瑟·柯南·道尔. 福尔摩斯历险记.
- In the same odd way, yet with the same rapidity, he then produced singly, and rubbed out singly, the letters forming the words Bleak House. 查尔斯·狄更斯. 荒凉山庄.
- Carr's division was deployed on our right, Lawler's brigade forming his extreme right and reaching through these woods to the river above. 尤利西斯·格兰特. U．S．格兰特的个人回忆录.
- He had a great deal of difficulty in forming a company to finance it, but he was a man of much perseverance, and at length he succeeded. 鲁伯特·萨金特·荷兰. 历史性发明.
- In my situation, it would have been the extreme of vanity to be forming expectations on Mr. Crawford. 简·奥斯汀. 曼斯菲尔德庄园.
- I never could, even in forming a common acquaintance, assert or prove a claim to average quickness. 夏洛蒂·勃朗特. 维莱特.
- Round and round the meadow went horse and man, forming so striking a sight that Maurice and Crispin paused in their dressing to look at it. 弗格斯·休姆. 奇幻岛.
- As was pointed out in the discussion of habit-forming (ante, p. 约翰·杜威. 民主与教育.