What does form mean?

Definitions for formfɔrm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word form.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. form, word form, signifier, descriptor(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"

  2. kind, sort, form, variety(noun)

    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

    "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"

  3. form, shape, pattern(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"

  4. shape, form, configuration, contour, conformation(noun)

    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

    "he could barely make out their shapes"

  5. human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh(noun)

    alternative names for the body of a human being

    "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"

  6. shape, form(noun)

    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

    "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

  7. form, shape, cast(noun)

    the visual appearance of something or someone

    "the delicate cast of his features"

  8. form(noun)

    a printed document with spaces in which to write

    "he filled out his tax form"

  9. form, variant, strain, var.(noun)

    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

    "a new strain of microorganisms"

  10. 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"

  11. form(noun)

    a particular mode in which something is manifested

    "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"

  12. phase, form(noun)

    (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

    "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system"

  13. class, form, grade, course(noun)

    a body of students who are taught together

    "early morning classes are always sleepy"

  14. form(noun)

    an ability to perform well

    "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"

  15. mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin, form(noun)

    a life-size dummy used to display clothes

  16. form(verb)

    a mold for setting concrete

    "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"

  17. form, organize, organise(verb)

    create (as an entity)

    "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"

  18. form, constitute, make(verb)

    to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"

    "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"

  19. form, take form, take shape, spring(verb)

    develop into a distinctive entity

    "our plans began to take shape"

  20. shape, form(verb)

    give shape or form to

    "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"

  21. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge(verb)

    make something, usually for a specific function

    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"

  22. imprint, form(verb)

    establish or impress firmly in the mind

    "We imprint our ideas onto our children"

  23. form(verb)

    assume a form or shape

    "the water formed little beads"


  1. form(Noun)

    The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.

  2. form(Noun)

    A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.

  3. form(Noun)

    An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.

  4. form(Noun)

    A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.

    To apply for the position, complete the application form.

  5. form(Noun)

    A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages.

  6. form(Noun)

    Characteristics not involving atomic components.

  7. form(Noun)

    A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).

  8. form(Noun)

    A class or year of students (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).

  9. form(Noun)

    The den or home of a hare.

  10. form(Verb)

    To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).

  11. form(Verb)

    To take shape.

  12. form(Verb)

    To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.

    By adding "-ness", you can form a noun from an adjective.

  13. form(Verb)

    To constitute, to compose, to make up.

  14. form(Noun)

    A long bench with no back.

  15. form(Noun)

    A window or dialogue box.

  16. Origin: From forme, from forme, from forma

Webster Dictionary

  1. form(noun)

    a suffix used to denote in the form / shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform

  2. Form(noun)

    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

  3. Form(noun)

    constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government

  4. Form(noun)

    established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer

  5. Form(noun)

    show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form

  6. Form(noun)

    orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty

  7. Form(noun)

    a shape; an image; a phantom

  8. Form(noun)

    that by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model

  9. Form(noun)

    a long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society

  10. Form(noun)

    the seat or bed of a hare

  11. Form(noun)

    the type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase

  12. Form(noun)

    the boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body

  13. Form(noun)

    the particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms

  14. Form(noun)

    the combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid

  15. Form(noun)

    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

  16. Form(noun)

    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

  17. Form(noun)

    the peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant

  18. Form(noun)

    to give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion

  19. Form(noun)

    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

  20. Form(noun)

    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

  21. Form(noun)

    to provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9

  22. Form(noun)

    to derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes

  23. Form(verb)

    to take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column

  24. Form(verb)

    to run to a form, as a hare

  25. Origin: [See Form, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Form

    form, 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. [O. Fr. forme—L. forma, shape.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'form' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #312

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'form' in Written Corpus Frequency: #633

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'form' in Nouns Frequency: #56

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'form' in Verbs Frequency: #127


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of form in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of form in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Louis Henri Sullivan:

    Form follows function.

  2. Agus Rahardjo:

    It is a form of support.

  3. Director Darjoto Setyawan:

    It can be a form of share swap.

  4. Tresa Edmunds:

    It's actually a form of therapy.

  5. Alexander Pope:

    Wit is the lowest form of humor.

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