b. The body or outward appearance of a person or an animal considered separately from the face or head; figure.
a. The essence of something.
b. The mode in which a thing exists, acts, or manifests itself; kind: a form of animal life; a form of blackmail.
a. Procedure as determined or governed by regulation or custom.
b. A fixed order of words or procedures, as for use in a ceremony; a formula.
4. A document with blanks for the insertion of details or information: insurance forms.
a. Manners or conduct as governed by etiquette, decorum, or custom.
b. Behavior according to a fixed or accepted standard: Tardiness is considered bad form.
c. Performance considered with regard to acknowledged criteria: a good jump shooter having an unusual form.
a. Proven ability to perform: a musician at the top of her form.
b. Fitness, as of an athlete or animal, with regard to health or training.
c. The past performance of a racehorse.
d. A racing form.
a. Method of arrangement or manner of coordinating elements in literary or musical composition or in organized discourse: presented my ideas in outline form; a treatise in the form of a dialogue.
b. A particular type or example of such arrangement: The essay is a literary form.
c. The design, structure, or pattern of a work of art: symphonic form.
a. A mold for the setting of concrete.
b. A model of the human figure or part of it used for displaying clothes.
c. A proportioned model that may be adjusted for fitting clothes.
9. A grade in a British secondary school or in some American private schools: the sixth form.
a. A linguistic form.
b. The external aspect of words with regard to their inflections, pronunciation, or spelling.
a. Chiefly British A long seat; a bench.
b. The resting place of a hare.
12. Botany A subdivision of a variety usually differing in one trivial characteristic, such as flower color.
v.formed, form·ing, forms
a. To give form to; shape: form clay into figures.
b. To develop in the mind; conceive: form an opinion.
a. To shape or mold (dough, for example) into a particular form.
b. To arrange oneself in: Holding out his arms, the cheerleader formed a T. The acrobats formed a pyramid.
c. To organize or arrange: The environmentalists formed their own party.
d. To fashion, train, or develop by instruction or precept: form a childs mind.
3. To come to have; develop or acquire: form a habit.
4. To constitute or compose a usually basic element, part, or characteristic of.
a. To produce (a tense, for example) by inflection: form the pluperfect.
b. To make (a word) by derivation or composition.
6. To put in order; arrange.
1. To become formed or shaped.
2. To come into being by taking form; arise.
3. To assume a specified form, shape, or pattern.
[Middle English forme, from Latin frma.]
Synonyms: form, figure, shape, configuration, contour, profile These nouns refer to the external outline of a thing. Form is the outline and structure of a thing as opposed to its substance: a brooch in the form of a lovers knot. Figure refers usually to form as established by bounding or enclosing lines: The cube is a solid geometric figure. Shape implies three-dimensional definition that indicates both outline and bulk or mass: He faced her, a hooded and cloaked shape (Joseph Conrad). Configuration stresses the pattern formed by the arrangement of parts within an outline: The map shows the configuration of North America, with its mountains, rivers, and plains. Contour refers especially to the outline of a three-dimensional figure: I traced the contour of the bow with my finger. Profile denotes the outline of something viewed against a background and especially the outline of the human face in side view: The police took a photograph of the muggers profile.
form /frm/ v.1 [I;T] to shape, make an object: She formed a dish from clay.2 [I;T] to become the shape of: The children formed a circle.3 [T] to arrange s.t., put it together: The manager formed a committee to study the project.4 [T] to produce, cause to happen: I havent yet formed an opinion about this.5 [I] to come into existence: Ice forms on the river in the winter.6 [T] to make up, constitute: Good eating habits form the basis of a healthy diet. n.1 [C] the shape of s.t.: The human form can be quite graceful.2 [C] a type, kind: People live under different forms of government, such as democracies or dictatorships.3 [C] a printed paper with spaces to be filled in: When you apply for a visa, you must fill out some forms.4 [U] a way of doing s.t.: The political leader responded to the criticism in the form of a letter to the newspaper.5 [C] an empty container used for creating shapes, a mold: A company made a form to produce a new toy.6 fig. [U] correct and proper behavior: Good form requires you to attend the funeral.7in good (bad, great, etc.) form: the quality of a performance, such as in athletics, music, or acting: The singer is in good form tonight.
Thesaurus: form v.1 to mold, create, fashion. Ants. to destroy, ruin. 2 to make 3 to start, organize4 to develop, formulate 5 to develop, appear 6 to create. n. 1 a figure 2 sort, variety | structure 3 an application, document, paper 5 a pattern, configuration 6 etiquette.