What does form mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. form, word form, signifier, descriptornoun

    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, varietynoun

    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, patternnoun

    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, conformationnoun

    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, fleshnoun

    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, formnoun

    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

    "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"

  7. form, shape, castnoun

    the visual appearance of something or someone

    "the delicate cast of his features"

  8. formnoun

    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. formnoun

    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. formnoun

    a particular mode in which something is manifested

    "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"

  12. phase, formnoun

    (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, coursenoun

    a body of students who are taught together

    "early morning classes are always sleepy"

  14. formnoun

    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, formnoun

    a life-size dummy used to display clothes

  16. formverb

    a mold for setting concrete

    "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"

  17. form, organize, organiseverb

    create (as an entity)

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

  18. form, constitute, makeverb

    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, springverb

    develop into a distinctive entity

    "our plans began to take shape"

  20. shape, formverb

    give shape or form to

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

  21. shape, form, work, mold, mould, forgeverb

    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, formverb

    establish or impress firmly in the mind

    "We imprint our ideas onto our children"

  23. formverb

    assume a form or shape

    "the water formed little beads"


  1. formnoun

    The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  2. formnoun

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

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  3. formnoun

    An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  4. formnoun

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

    To apply for the position, complete the application form.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  5. formnoun

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

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  6. formnoun

    Characteristics not involving atomic components.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  7. formnoun

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

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  8. formnoun

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

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  9. formnoun

    The den or home of a hare.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  10. formverb

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

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  11. formverb

    To take shape.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  12. formverb

    To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.

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

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  13. formverb

    To constitute, to compose, to make up.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  14. formnoun

    A long bench with no back.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma

  15. formnoun

    A window or dialogue box.

    Etymology: From forme, from forme, from forma


  1. Form

    Form is the shape, visual appearance, or configuration of an object. In a wider sense, the form is the way something is or happens.

Webster Dictionary

  1. formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  2. Formnoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  3. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  4. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  5. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  6. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  7. Formnoun

    a shape; an image; a phantom

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  8. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  9. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  10. Formnoun

    the seat or bed of a hare

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  11. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  12. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  13. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  14. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  15. Formnoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  16. Formnoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  17. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  18. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  19. Formnoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  20. Formnoun

    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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  21. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  22. Formnoun

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  23. Formverb

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

    Etymology: [See Form, n.]

  24. Formverb

    to run to a form, as a hare

    Etymology: [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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. form

    To form, in a general acceptation of the term, is to assume or produce any shape or figure, extent or depth of line or column, by means of prescribed rules in military movements or dispositions. To form on is to advance forward, so as to connect yourself with any given object of formation, and to lengthen the line.

Editors Contribution

  1. form

    A shape and structure.

    The house was taking form in front of their eyes and they were delighted.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  
  2. form

    An electronic document.

    The form was easy to use electronically.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 24, 2020  
  3. form

    The energy or feeling of an animal, person, people or collective group.

    Their father is in happy form when they share time together.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 30, 2019  

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  1. Form

    applied to representatives of a species which differ from the normal or type, in some uniform character; it is seasonal if it occurs at a period different from the type; dimorphic if there is an alternation of generations or two color patterns occur; or sexual if the members of one sex differ uniformly from those of the other.

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

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  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

Examples of form in a Sentence

  1. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff:

    I don't want to comment to this point on what our plans may or may not be with respect to John Bolton, but I will say this : whether it's before -- in testimony before The House -- or it's in John Bolton book or it's in one form or another, the truth will come out, will continue to come out.

  2. Matt Bevin:

    We now have a single form that accommodates all concerns. Everyone benefits from this common sense legislation, there is no additional cost or work required by our county clerks. They are now able to fully follow the law without being forced to compromise their religious liberty.

  3. Vladimir Putin:

    We state that from now on we refuse to cooperate in any form with the U.S. in its status of a mediator, as we stand against its actions.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Waking up to the ground realities of life is like rising up earlier than others in the wee hours of the day only to find the darkness all around with a ray of hope in the form of light coming from the stars & the moon in the sky.

  5. Pete Ricketts:

    This statement from liberal academics is clear proof Nebraska’s taxpayer dollars are being used to push Critical Race Theory at the University of Nebraska, critical Race Theory is a new form of Marxism that seeks topitAmericans against each other based on race and identity.

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