Definitions for formationfɔrˈmeɪ ʃən
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
the act or process of forming or the state of being formed.
the manner in which a thing is formed; formal structure or arrangement.
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
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.
Ref: Compare member (def. 8 ). 8
Origin of formation:
1375–1425; late ME < L
an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
"a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
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"
geological formation, formation(noun)
(geology) the geological features of the earth
a particular spatial arrangement
natural process that causes something to form
"the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
creation by mental activity
"the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
development or creation
the formation of crystals; the formation of a protest group
an arrangement of sth, or a pattern made by sth
aircraft flying in formation
Something possessing structure or form.
The act of assembling a group or structure.
A rock or face of a mountain.
A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.
Origin: From formation, from formatio, from formare; see form as verb.
the act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping
the manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart
a substance formed or deposited
mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations
a group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation
the arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc
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. 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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'formation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2497
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.
- تَشْكيل، تَكْوين، إنْشاءArabic
- formaçãoPortuguese (BR)
- die GründungGerman
- σχηματισμός, ίδρυσηGreek
- moodustamine, asutamineEstonian
- شکل گیریFarsi
- formation, créationFrench
- stvaranje, formiranjeCroatian
- veidošana; organizēšanaLatvian
- danning, dannelseNorwegian
- شکل گیریPersian
- رغونه، ساختمانPashto
- formare, creareRomanian
- образование, формированиеRussian
- vytvorenie, vznikSlovak
- kurma, tertipTurkish
- 組成Chinese (Trad.)
- утворення; формуванняUkrainian
- بنانے یا شکل دینے کا عملUrdu
- sự hình thành; sự thành lậpVietnamese
- 组成Chinese (Simp.)
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