[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'.

埃尔默编辑--From WordNet


(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. [1]. Shape (with especial reference to structure), figure, configuration, conformation, mould, fashion, cast, cut, TOURNURE.[2]. Mode, method, formula, formulary, established practice.[3]. Manner, system.[4]. Regularity, order, arrangement, shapeliness.[5]. Ceremony, formality, ceremonial, conventionality, etiquette, conventional rule.[6]. Empty show, mere appearance.[7]. Bench, long seat (without a back).[8]. Class, rank of students.[9]. Type in a chase (ready for printing).[10]. Mould, pattern, model.

v. a. [1]. Fashion, shape, carve, mould.[2]. Make, create, produce.[3]. Contrive, devise, invent, frame.[4]. Constitute, compose, make up.[5]. 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.





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