What does formation mean?

Definitions for formation
fɔrˈmeɪ ʃənfor·ma·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formationnoun

    an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

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

  2. formation, shapingnoun

    the act of fabricating something in a particular shape

  3. constitution, establishment, formation, organization, organisationnoun

    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, formationnoun

    (geology) the geological features of the earth

  5. formationnoun

    a particular spatial arrangement

  6. formationnoun

    natural process that causes something to form

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

  7. formationnoun

    creation by mental activity

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

Wiktionary

  1. formationnoun

    Something possessing structure or form.

  2. formationnoun

    The act of assembling a group or structure.

  3. formationnoun

    A rock or face of a mountain.

  4. formationnoun

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

  5. formationnoun

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

  6. formationnoun

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formationnoun

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

  2. Formationnoun

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

  3. Formationnoun

    a substance formed or deposited

  4. Formationnoun

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

  5. Formationnoun

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

  6. Formationnoun

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

  7. Etymology: [L. formatio: cf. F. formation.]

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. formation

    The drawing up or arrangement of troops, or small-arm men, in certain orders prescribed as the basis of manœuvres in general. Also, the particulars of a ship's build.

Editors Contribution

  1. formation

    The act and process of to create or form.

    The formation of the unity government is agreed and we are very grateful.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 26, 2020  
  2. formation

    To create or form a structure or design.

    They were excellent at creating formation between the team of gymnasts and water polo teams.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 12, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of formation in a Sentence

  1. Frank Lyko:

    What we see in slow motion with the marbled crayfish evolution is something that happens during the very early stages of tumour formation, in many ways, the invasive expansion of [the marbled crayfish] is analogous to a cancerous lineage spreading asexually at the expense of its host.

  2. Japan Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya:

    The chance is very low that a new scheme to boost regional finances would affect interest rate formation in the market as a whole, even if there’s any effect, it could be fully offset by monetary adjustment. In that sense, there’s a clear distinction from monetary policy.

  3. Daniel Bayliss:

    Everything that we know about planet formation tells us that planets and stars form at the same time, the best model that we've got suggests that the star is about 10 billion years old and we'd assume that the planet is too. Either we are seeing it in the last stages of its life, or somehow it's able to live here longer than it should.

  4. Randall Irmis:

    Among Triassic geologic formations containing fossils, The Chaares Formation is The Chaares Formation. The Chaares Formation contains a variety of complete fossil specimens of early dinosauromorphs, which are essentially dinosaur aunts, uncles and cousins.

  5. Michael Grudi?:

    People have been simulating star formation for a couple decades now, but STARFORGE is a quantum leap in technology, other models have only been able to simulate a tiny patch of the cloud where stars form -- not the entire cloud in high resolution. Without seeing the big picture, we miss a lot of factors that might influence the star's outcome.

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Translations for formation

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  • تشكيلArabic
  • строй, формиране, формация, образуванеBulgarian
  • formigoEsperanto
  • koulutus, muodostuma, muodostus, muodostaminen, muodostelmaFinnish
  • izglītībaLatvian
  • formazzjoniMaltese
  • rotsformatie, vorming, formatieDutch
  • formasjonNorwegian
  • formaçãoPortuguese
  • обучение, структура, строй, конструкция, создание, формирование, образование, формацияRussian
  • ఏర్పాటు, నిర్మాణంTelugu
  • формуванняUkrainian
  • قیامUrdu

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