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Meaning of 'form' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . form [ n.]
- A suffix used to denote in the form / shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.
- 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.
- Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.
- Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.
- Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.
- Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.
- A shape; an image; a phantom.
- That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
- A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
- The seat or bed of a hare.
- The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
- The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
- The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
- The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
- 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.
- 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.
- The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
- To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
- 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.
- 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.
- To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
- To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
2 . Form [ v. i.]
- To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.
- To run to a form, as a hare.

Meaning of 'form' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . form [ n]
Meaning (1):
- (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
Example in sentence:
  • a new strain of microorganisms
Meaning (2):
- a perceptual structure
Example in sentence:
  • a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them;
  • the composition presents problems for students of musical form
Meaning (3):
- a body of students who are taught together
Example in sentence:
  • early morning classes are always sleepy
Meaning (4):
- the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
Example in sentence:
  • geometry is the mathematical science of shape
Meaning (5):
- any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
Example in sentence:
  • he could barely make out their shapes
Meaning (6):
- a printed document with spaces in which to write
Example in sentence:
  • he filled out his tax form
Meaning (7):
- an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
Example in sentence:
  • he first sketches the plot in outline form;
  • the essay was in the form of a dialogue
Meaning (8):
- alternative names for the body of a human being
Example in sentence:
  • he has a strong physique;
  • Leonardo studied the human body;
  • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
Meaning (9):
- an ability to perform well
Example in sentence:
  • he was at the top of his form;
  • the team was off form last night
Meaning (10):
- a particular mode in which something is manifested
Example in sentence:
  • his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
Meaning (11):
- a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
Example in sentence:
  • sculpture is a form of art;
  • what kinds of desserts are there?
Meaning (12):
- the visual appearance of something or someone
Example in sentence:
  • the delicate cast of his features
Meaning (13):
- the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
Example in sentence:
  • the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
Meaning (14):
- (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
Example in sentence:
  • the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system
Meaning (15):
- a mold for setting concrete
Example in sentence:
  • they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
16 . form [ v]
Meaning (16):
- make something, usually for a specific function
Example in sentence:
  • Form cylinders from the dough;
  • shape a figure;
  • She molded the rice balls carefully;
  • Work the metal into a sword
Meaning (17):
- give shape or form to
Example in sentence:
  • form the young child's character;
  • shape the dough
Meaning (18):
- develop into a distinctive entity
Example in sentence:
  • our plans began to take shape
Meaning (19):
- create (as an entity)
Example in sentence:
  • social groups form everywhere;
  • They formed a company
Meaning (20):
- to compose or represent
Example in sentence:
  • The branches made a roof;
  • This makes a fine introduction;
  • This wall forms the background of the stage setting
Meaning (21):
- assume a form or shape
Example in sentence:
  • the water formed little beads
Meaning (22):
- establish or impress firmly in the mind
Example in sentence:
  • We imprint our ideas onto our children