Definitions for formationfɔrˈmeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

for•ma•tionfɔrˈmeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or process of forming or the state of being formed.

  2. the manner in which a thing is formed; formal structure or arrangement.

  3. a particular arrangement or disposition of persons, as of troops or players on a team. any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit.

    Category: Military, Sport

  4. a body of rocks classed as a stratigraphic unit for geologic mapping. the process of depositing rock or mineral of a particular composition or origin.

    Category: Geology

    Ref: Compare member (def. 8 ). 8

Origin of formation:

1375–1425; late ME < L


Princeton's WordNet

  1. formation(noun)

    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

    "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"

  2. formation, shaping(noun)

    the act of fabricating something in a particular shape

  3. constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisation(noun)

    the act of forming or establishing something

    "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"

  4. geological formation, formation(noun)

    (geology) the geological features of the earth

  5. formation(noun)

    a particular spatial arrangement

  6. formation(noun)

    natural process that causes something to form

    "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"

  7. formation(noun)

    creation by mental activity

    "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. formation(noun)ɔrˈmeɪ ʃən

    development or creation

    the formation of crystals; the formation of a protest group

  2. formationɔrˈmeɪ ʃən

    an arrangement of sth, or a pattern made by sth

    aircraft flying in formation


  1. formation(Noun)

    Something possessing structure or form.

  2. formation(Noun)

    The act of assembling a group or structure.

  3. formation(Noun)

    A rock or face of a mountain.

  4. formation(Noun)

    A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.

  5. formation(Noun)

    An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".

  6. formation(Noun)

    The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.

  7. Origin: From formation, from formatio, from formare; see form as verb.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formation(noun)

    the act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping

  2. Formation(noun)

    the manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart

  3. Formation(noun)

    a substance formed or deposited

  4. Formation(noun)

    mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations

  5. Formation(noun)

    a group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation

  6. Formation(noun)

    the arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc


  1. Formation

    A formation in American football refers to the position players line up in before the start of a down. There are both offensive and defensive formations and there are many formations in both categories.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. formation

    1. An ordered arrangement of troops and/or vehicles for a specific purpose. 2. An ordered arrangement of two or more ships, units, or aircraft proceeding together under a commander.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2497

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'formation' in Nouns Frequency: #1033

Translations for formation

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of forming or making

He agreed to the formation of a music society.

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