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form·less

 (fôrm′lĭs)
adj.
1. Having no definite form; shapeless: a formless unicellular organism.
2. Lacking order: formless activity.
3. Having no material existence: a formless void.

form′less·ly adv.
form′less·ness n.

formless

(ˈfɔːmlɪs)
adj
without a definite shape or form; amorphous
ˈformlessly adv
ˈformlessness n

form•less

(ˈfɔrm lɪs)

adj.
lacking a definite or regular form or shape; shapeless.
[1585–95]
form′less•ly, adv.
form′less•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.formless - having no definite form or distinct shapeformless - having no definite form or distinct shape; "amorphous clouds of insects"; "an aggregate of formless particles"; "a shapeless mass of protoplasm"
unformed - not having form or shape; "unformed clay"
2.formless - having no physical form; "belief in a world filled with...formless but often malevolent beings"
unbodied - having no body

formless

adjective shapeless, amorphous, nebulous, unformed, vague, indefinite, incoherent, disorganized, inchoate Large formless images rushed across the screen.

formless

adjective
Having no distinct shape:
Translations

formless

[ˈfɔːmlɪs] ADJinforme

formless

[ˈfɔːmlɪs] adj (shape) → informe; (feelings) → nebuloso/a
References in classic literature ?
But in the places where it isn't faded and where the sun is just so--I can see a strange, provoking, formless sort of figure, that seems to skulk about behind that silly and conspicuous front design.
The subtile, intuitive communication, or, rather, the vague and formless impression of something to be told, had made her yield unresistingly to his impulse.
Therefore, the tormented spirit that glared out of bodily eyes, when what seemed Ahab rushed from his room, was for the time but a vacated thing, a formless somnambulistic being, a ray of living light, to be sure, but without an object to color, and therefore a blankness in itself.
The people at the castle could not tell within half a genera- tion the length of time the man had been shut up there for his unrecorded and forgotten offense; but this old wife knew; and so did her old child, who stood there among her married sons and daughters trying to realize a father who had been to her a name, a thought, a formless image, a tradition, all her life, and now was suddenly concreted into actual flesh and blood and set before her face.
And then my mind made its first earnest effort to comprehend what had been infused into it concerning heaven and hell; and for the first time it recoiled, baffled; and for the first time glancing behind, on each side, and before it, it saw all round an unfathomed gulf: it felt the one point where it stood--the present; all the rest was formless cloud and vacant depth; and it shuddered at the thought of tottering, and plunging amid that chaos.
before the Sun, Before the Heavens thou wert, and at the voice Of God, as with a Mantle didst invest The rising world of waters dark and deep, Won from the void and formless infinite.
They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute.
Through the thick veils of irresistible sleep, the major soon saw the husband and wife as mere points or formless objects.
There was still a chink of light above the sill, a warm, mild glow behind the window; the roof of the cottage and some of the banks and hazels were defined in denser darkness against the sky; but all else was formless, breathless, and noiseless like the pit.
The tree-tops rose against the luminous blue sky in inky silhouette, and all below that outline melted into one formless blackness.
Then does everything become more mysterious, the sky frowns with clouds, yellow leaves strew the paths at the edge of the naked forest, and the forest itself turns black and blue--more especially at eventide when damp fog is spreading and the trees glimmer in the depths like giants, like formless, weird phantoms.
And yet sometimes one gets a hint of what the last scene may be like in the life of a ship and her crew, which resembles a drama in its struggle against a great force bearing it up, formless, ungraspable, chaotic and mysterious, as fate.