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"
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
Origin: [L. formatio: cf. F. 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. 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
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.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'formation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2497
Rank popularity for the word 'formation' in Nouns Frequency: #1033
The numerical value of formation in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of formation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of formation in a Sentence
Education has for its object the formation of character.
The aim is ... the formation of a fully lined vascular system.
The findings provide a robust genetic basis of adhesive setae formation.
It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation.
The formation of the orchestra is an achievement in itself, i WILL NEVER ACCEPT DEFEAT.
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Translations for formation
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- формиране, строй, формация, образуванеBulgarian
- muodostelma, muodostaminen, muodostus, muodostuma, koulutusFinnish
- formatie, vorming, rotsformatieDutch
- формация, образование, формирование, конструкция, создание, обучение, структура, стройRussian
- నిర్మాణం, ఏర్పాటుTelugu
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