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for·ma·tion

 (fôr-mā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of forming something or of taking form.
2. Something formed: beautiful cloud formations.
3. The manner or style in which something is formed; structure: the distinctive formation of the human eye.
4. A specified arrangement or deployment, as of aircraft, troops, or players on a sports team.
5. Geology A primary unit in the mapping of rock strata, consisting of a set of contemporaneous rocks having the same characteristics and origin.

for·ma′tion·al adj.

formation

(fɔːˈmeɪʃən)
n
1. the act of giving or taking form, shape, or existence
2. something that is formed
3. the manner in which something is formed or arranged
4.
a. a formal arrangement of a number of persons or things acting as a unit, such as a troop of soldiers, aircraft in flight, or a football team
b. (as modifier): formation dancing.
5. (Geological Science) geology
a. the fundamental lithostratigraphic unit
b. a series of rocks with certain characteristics in common
6. (Botany) ecology a community of plants, such as a tropical rainforest, extending over a very large area
forˈmational adj

for•ma•tion

(fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act or process of forming or the state of being formed.
2. the manner in which a thing is formed; formal structure or arrangement.
3.
a. a particular arrangement or disposition of persons, as of troops or players on a team.
b. any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit.
4.
a. a body of rocks classed as a stratigraphic unit for geologic mapping. Compare member (def. 8).
b. the process of depositing rock or mineral of a particular composition or origin.
[1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin]
for•ma′tion•al, adj.

for·ma·tion

(fôr-mā′shən)
A long layer of sediments or rocks that look alike and were formed at the same time. Formations are shown on geological maps, much as highways are shown on road maps.

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.

Formation

 a formal assembly of troops; arrangement of rocks in a geological setting, 1815.
Examples: formation of clouds, 1808; of troop, 1796.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formation - an arrangement of people or things acting as a unitformation - an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
arrangement - an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging; "a flower arrangement"
flight - a formation of aircraft in flight
military formation - a formation of troops
backfield - the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen
secondary - the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
line - a formation of people or things one behind another; "the line stretched clear around the corner"; "you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"
line - a formation of people or things one beside another; "the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed"; "they were arrayed in line of battle"; "the cast stood in line for the curtain call"
center - the middle of a military or naval formation; "they had to reinforce the center"
flank, wing - the side of military or naval formation; "they attacked the enemy's right flank"
head - the front of a military formation or procession; "the head of the column advanced boldly"; "they were at the head of the attack"
rear - the back of a military formation or procession; "infantrymen were in the rear"
2.formation - the act of fabricating something in a particular shape
manufacturing, manufacture, fabrication - the act of making something (a product) from raw materials; "the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals"; "an improvement in the manufacture of explosives"; "manufacturing is vital to Great Britain"
filing - the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
forging - shaping metal by heating and hammering
metalworking, metalwork - the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner
granulation - the act of forming something into granules or grains; "the granulation of medicines"
grooving, rifling - the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
turning - the activity of shaping something on a lathe
3.formation - 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"
commencement, start, beginning - the act of starting something; "he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"
unionisation, unionization - act of forming labor unions; "the issue underlying the strike was unionization"
collectivisation, collectivization - the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
communisation, communization - the organization of a nation of the basis of communism
federation - the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
colonisation, colonization, settlement - the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies; "the British colonization of America"
4.formation - (geology) the geological features of the earthformation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
geology - a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks
aquifer - underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
beach - an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
cave - a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
cliff, drop-off, drop - a steep high face of rock; "he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town"; "a steep drop"
delta - a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water; "the Mississippi River delta"; "the Nile delta"
diapir - a domed rock formation where a core of rock has moved upward and pierced through the more brittle overlying strata
folium - a thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock
foreshore - the part of the seashore between the highwater mark and the low-water mark
ice mass - a large mass of ice
lakefront - land bordering a lake
massif - a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
monocline - a geological formation in which all strata are inclined in the same direction
mouth - the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water; "New York is at the mouth of the Hudson"
natural depression, depression - a sunken or depressed geological formation
natural elevation, elevation - a raised or elevated geological formation
oceanfront - land bordering an ocean
chain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range of mountains, range, chain - a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
relict - geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
ridgeline, ridge - a long narrow range of hills
ridge - a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
shore - the land along the edge of a body of water
incline, slope, side - an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of a mountain"
natural spring, outpouring, fountain, spring, outflow - a natural flow of ground water
scree, talus - a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff
mineral vein, vein - a layer of ore between layers of rock
crater, volcanic crater - a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano
wall - a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
groundwater level, water table, water level - underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water; "spring rains had raised the water table"
5.formation - a particular spatial arrangement
raster - the rectangular formation of parallel scanning lines that guide the electron beam on a television screen or a computer monitor
rigging, rig - formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
split - (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl; "he was winning until he got a split in the tenth frame"
placement, arrangement - the spatial property of the way in which something is placed; "the arrangement of the furniture"; "the placement of the chairs"
6.formation - natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
encrustation, incrustation - the formation of a crust
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
reticulation - (photography) the formation of a network of cracks or wrinkles in a photographic emulsion
7.formation - creation by mental activity; "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"
creating by mental acts - the act of creating something by thinking
affixation - formation of a word by means of an affix

formation

noun
3. arrangement, grouping, figure, design, structure, pattern, rank, organization, array, disposition, configuration He was flying in formation with seven other jets.

formation

noun
Translations
تَشْكيل، تَشْكيلَهتَشْكيل، تَكْوين، إنْشاء
útvarutvoření
formationoprettelse
koulutusmuodostelmamuodostuma
alakításalakzatmegalakítás
myndunskipuleg röî, fylking
útvarutvorenie

formation

[fɔːˈmeɪʃən]
A. N (gen) → formación f
in battle formationen formación de combate
B. CPD formation flying Nvuelo m en formación

formation

[fɔːrˈmeɪʃən] n
(= creation) [government, organization] → formation f; [club] → création f; [character] → formation f; [idea] → développement m; [rocks, lakes] → formation f rock formation, capital formation
(= pattern) to fly in formation (AVIATION)voler en formationformation flying nvol m en formation

formation

n
(= act of forming)Formung f, → Gestaltung f; (Gram: of plural etc) → Bildung f; (of character)Formung f; (of government, committee)Bildung f; (of company, society)Gründung f; (of desire, idea, impression, habit etc)Entwicklung f; (of friendship)Schließen nt, → Anknüpfung f; (of opinion)Bildung f; (of plan)Entwurf m
(of aircraft, dancers, troops)Formation f; battle formationGefechtsaufstellung f; in close formation (Aviat) → im geschlossenen Verband; to dance in formationin Formation tanzen
(Geol) → Formation f

formation

:
formation dancing
nFormationstanzen nt
formation flying

formation

[fɔːˈmeɪʃn] nformazione f

form1

(foːm) noun
1. (a) shape; outward appearance. He saw a strange form in the darkness.
2. a kind, type or variety. What form of ceremony usually takes place when someone gets a promotion?
3. a document containing certain questions, the answers to which must be written on it. an application form.
4. a fixed way of doing things. forms and ceremonies.
5. a school class. He is in the sixth form.
verb
1. to make; to cause to take shape. They decided to form a drama group.
2. to come into existence; to take shape. An idea slowly formed in his mind.
3. to organize or arrange (oneself or other people) into a particular order. The women formed (themselves) into three groups.
4. to be; to make up. These lectures form part of the medical course.
forˈmation noun
1. the act of forming or making. He agreed to the formation of a music society.
2. (a) particular arrangement or order. The planes flew in formation.
be in good form
to be in good spirits or health. She's in good form after her holiday.
in the form of
having the shape, character, style etc of. He wrote a novel in the form of a diary.

for·ma·tion

n. formación; composición; conjunto.
References in classic literature ?
Touch the leaves lightly or you'll disconsart the formation.
He had broken a thickness of ice, the formation of many a winter; had had his reasons for a long silence.
And that the Egyptians were a nation of mast-head standers, is an assertion based upon the general belief among archaeologists, that the first pyramids were founded for astronomical purposes: a theory singularly supported by the peculiar stair-like formation of all four sides of those edifices; whereby, with prodigious long upliftings of their legs, those old astronomers were wont to mount to the apex, and sing out for new stars; even as the look-outs of a modern ship sing out for a sail, or a whale just bearing in sight.
Those narrow straits of Sunda divide Sumatra from Java; and standing midway in that vast rampart of islands, buttressed by that bold green promontory, known to seamen as Java Head; they not a little correspond to the central gateway opening into some vast walled empire: and considering the inexhaustible wealth of spices, and silks, and jewels, and gold, and ivory, with which the thousand islands of that oriental sea are enriched, it seems a significant provision of nature, that such treasures, by the very formation of the land, should at least bear the appearance, however ineffectual, of being guarded from the all-grasping western world.
It is the granite formation, which lies deepest, and rises out, even to the tops of the highest mountains.
Every morning they go clattering down into the plain, and there she sits on my back with her bugle at her mouth and sounds the orders and puts them through the evolutions for an hour or more; and it is too beautiful for anything to see those ponies dissolve from one formation into another, and waltz about, and break, and scatter, and form again, always moving, always graceful, now trotting, now galloping, and so on, sometimes near by, sometimes in the distance, all just like a state ball, you know, and sometimes she can't hold herself any longer, but sounds the 'charge,' and turns me loose
Emma assured her there would be no difficulty in the answer, and advised its being written directly, which was agreed to, in the hope of her assistance; and though Emma continued to protest against any assistance being wanted, it was in fact given in the formation of every sentence.
Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.
It had seemed to the unsuspecting Silas that the friendship had suffered no chill even from his formation of another attachment of a closer kind.
Still, however, the necessary intercourse between the lords of the soil, and those oppressed inferior beings by whom that soil was cultivated, occasioned the gradual formation of a dialect, compounded betwixt the French and the Anglo-Saxon, in which they could render themselves mutually intelligible to each other; and from this necessity arose by degrees the structure of our present English language, in which the speech of the victors and the vanquished have been so happily blended together; and which has since been so richly improved by importations from the classical languages, and from those spoken by the southern nations of Europe.
Moralists had, as a rule, regarded it as a mode of warning, had claimed for it a certain ethical efficacy in the formation of character, had praised it as something that taught us what to follow and showed us what to avoid.
The want of it has already operated as a bar to the formation of beneficial treaties with foreign powers, and has given occasions of dissatisfaction between the States.