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a·mor·phous

 (ə-môr′fəs)
adj.
1. Lacking physical form or shape.
2. Lacking organization; formless: "He helped me turn a deeply felt but amorphous idea into a coherent narrative" (James S. Hirsch).
3. Lacking a crystalline structure: Glass is an amorphous material.

[From Greek amorphos : a-, without; see a-1 + morphē, shape.]

a·mor′phous·ly adv.
a·mor′phous·ness n.
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amorphous

(əˈmɔːfəs)
adj
1. lacking a definite shape; formless
2. of no recognizable character or type
3. (Chemistry) (of chemicals, rocks, etc) not having a crystalline structure
[C18: from New Latin, from Greek amorphos shapeless, from a-1 + morphē shape]
aˈmorphism n
aˈmorphously adv
aˈmorphousness n
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a•mor•phous

(əˈmɔr fəs)

adj.
1. lacking definite form; having no specific shape: amorphous clouds.
2. of no particular kind or character; indeterminate; unorganized: an amorphous style.
3. (of a mineral) without crystalline structure.
4. Chem. not crystalline.
[1725–35; < Greek ámorphos shapeless. See a-6, -morph, -ous]
a•mor′phous•ly, adv.
a•mor′phous•ness, n.
a•mor′phism, n.
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a·mor·phous

(ə-môr′fəs)
1. Not made of crystals. Glass is an amorphous substance.
2. Lacking definite form or shape.
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amorphous

- Something amorphous has no real shape or is irregularly shaped—like pudding; an amorphous solid lacks the perfect ordered structure of crystals. Other examples are glass, polymers, and rubber.
See also related terms for rubber.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.amorphous - having no definite form or distinct shapeamorphous - 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.amorphous - lacking the system or structure characteristic of living bodies
inorganic - lacking the properties characteristic of living organisms
3.amorphous - without real or apparent crystalline formamorphous - without real or apparent crystalline form; "an amorphous mineral"; "amorphous structure"
noncrystalline - not crystalline
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amorphous

Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

amorphous

adjective
Having no distinct shape:
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Translations
amorfa
amorfan
アモルファス
amorfaamorfs

amorphous

[əˈmɔːfəs] ADJamorfo
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amorphous

[əˈmɔːrfəs] adj
[mass, shape] → informe
[group] → amorphe
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amorphous

adjamorph, strukturlos, formlos; style, ideas, play, novelstrukturlos, ungegliedert; (Geol) → amorph
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amorphous

[əˈmɔːfəs] adjamorfo/a
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a·mor·phous

a. amorfo-a, sin forma.
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Lastly, we consider the challenge posed by the explosion in the field amorphously called "artificial intelligence," and in particular on the better-defined field of machine learning.
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Stephen Regan, for example, argues that the alternation of speakers may "be understood in terms of a single, protean consciousness in a profound state of distraction, desperately confronting the circumstances of an appalling personal tragedy." (13) Adela Pinch suggests that Meredith separates out thinking, the "practice" of the first-person speaker, from knowing, "claim-making about another person." (14) Whether the husband's consciousness is amorphously protean or divided between knowledge claims and thought, the speaker change reveals both first- and third-person points of view to be individually incomplete and provisional.
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Here, an occurrence of an amorphously swollen crinoid pluricolumnal is reported from the Upper Ordovician Grant Lake Formation of northern Kentucky.
This difference could be due to a modification of the crystalline state of the cellulose, due to the implementation of basic pretreatments with NaOH and CaO, having the effect of increasing the size of the pores of the cellulosic material, which stimulates more accessibility and susceptibility to attack by an amorphously structured enzyme.
Thus, according to Miner, the artists, and we as passengers, lowride not just through specific time periods and geographic locations, but also through more amorphously defined zones of Aztlan, Nepantla, and Ixachilan, all of which reflect notions of Xicano territoriality.
Furthermore, financial sustainability was subordinated to the amorphously defined 'scale and capacity' criterion such that councils were deemed 'unfit' irrespective of financial sustainability.