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These nouns refer to the external outline of a thing. Form is the outline and structure of a thing as opposed to its substance: the pointed form of a pyramid; a brooch in the form of a lovers' knot. Figure refers usually to form as established by bounding or enclosing lines: The cube is a solid geometric figure. Shape can imply either two-dimensional outline or three-dimensional definition that indicates both outline and bulk or mass: paper cutouts in the shape of flowers and stars; "He faced her, a hooded and cloaked shape" (Joseph Conrad).
Contour refers to the outline and often the surface of a three-dimensional figure or body: the streamlined contour of the hybrid vehicle. Profile denotes the outline of something viewed against a background and especially the outline of the human face in side view: The police took a photograph of the mugger's profile.
2. the condition of existing in different forms at different stages of development, as certain insects. — heteromorphic, adj.
2. the branch of biology that studies the form and structure of plants and animals. See also geomorphology. — morphologist, n. — morphologic, morphological, adj.
2. the morphological and structural changes that occur during insect development. Also palingenesia, palingenesy. — palingenetic, adj.
class form grade year
A class is a group of pupils or students who are taught together.
In some British schools and in some American private schools, form is used instead of 'class'. Form is used especially with a number to refer to a particular class or age group.
In British English, a year is a set of students of a similar age, who started school at around the same time.
Past participle: formed
|Noun||1.||form - the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"|
linguistics - the scientific study of language
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
ghost word - a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error
root word, stem, root, theme, radical, base - (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed; "thematic vowels are part of the stem"
etymon, root - a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
citation form, entry word, main entry word - the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
abbreviation - a shortened form of a word or phrase
acronym - a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name
|2.||form - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"|
category - a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
description - sort or variety; "every description of book was there"
type - a subdivision of a particular kind of thing; "what type of sculpture do you prefer?"
antitype - an opposite or contrasting type
art form - (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
style - a particular kind (as to appearance); "this style of shoe is in demand"
colour, color - (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction; "each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"
species - a specific kind of something; "a species of molecule"; "a species of villainy"
genus - a general kind of something; "ignore the genus communism"
make, brand - a recognizable kind; "there's a new brand of hero in the movies now"; "what make of car is that?"
genre - a kind of literary or artistic work
manner - a kind; "what manner of man are you?"
model - a type of product; "his car was an old model"
stripe - a kind or category; "businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"
|3.||form - a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"|
structure - the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations; "his lectures have no structure"
percept, perception, perceptual experience - the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept
fractal - (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
gestalt - a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
grid - a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines
kaleidoscope - a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
mosaic - a pattern resembling a mosaic
strand - a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole; "he tried to pick up the strands of his former life"; "I could hear several melodic strands simultaneously"
|4.||form - any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"|
bluntness, dullness - without sharpness or clearness of edge or point; "the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"
topography - the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
lobularity - the property of having lobules
angularity - the property possessed by a shape that has angles
narrowing - an instance of becoming narrow
roundness - the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
straightness - freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
crookedness - having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
stratification - a layered configuration
|5.||form - alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"|
chassis, human body, material body, physical body, bod, build, anatomy, physique, figure, flesh, frame, shape, soma
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
human, human being, homo, man - any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage
body, organic structure, physical structure - the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being); "he felt as if his whole body were on fire"
person - a human body (usually including the clothing); "a weapon was hidden on his person"
juvenile body - the body of a young person
adult body - the body of an adult human being
male body - the body of a male human being
female body - the body of a female human being
|6.||form - the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"|
attribute - an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
solid - a three-dimensional shape
plane, sheet - (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape; "we will refer to the plane of the graph as the X-Y plane"; "any line joining two points on a plane lies wholly on that plane"
natural shape - a shape created by natural forces; not man-made
figure - a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
line - a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
round shape - a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
amorphous shape - an ill-defined or arbitrary shape
circle - something approximating the shape of a circle; "the chairs were arranged in a circle"
square - something approximating the shape of a square
triangle - something approximating the shape of a triangle; "the coastline of Chile and Argentina and Brazil forms two legs of a triangle"
pillar, tower, column - anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower; "the test tube held a column of white powder"; "a tower of dust rose above the horizon"; "a thin pillar of smoke betrayed their campsite"
plume - anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness; "a plume of smoke"; "grass with large plumes"
|7.||form - the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"|
|8.||form - a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"|
document, papers, written document - writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
application form - a form to use when making an application
claim form - a form to use when filing a claim
order form - a form to use when placing an order
questionnaire - a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
requisition form, requisition - an official form on which a request in made; "first you have to fill out the requisition"
tax form - a form to use when paying your taxes
telegraph form - a form to use when sending a telegram
|9.||form - (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"|
species - (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed
|10.||form - an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"|
versification - the form or metrical composition of a poem
|11.||form - a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"|
|12.||form - (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary; "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system"|
physical chemistry - the branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances
state of matter, state - (chemistry) the three traditional states of matter are solids (fixed shape and volume) and liquids (fixed volume and shaped by the container) and gases (filling the container); "the solid state of water is called ice"
|13.||form - a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"|
master class - a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
|14.||form - an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"|
ability - the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
|15.||form - a life-size dummy used to display clothes|
dummy - a figure representing the human form
|16.||form - a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"|
|Verb||1.||form - create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"|
choose up - form sides, as for a game
draw up - form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers
regiment - form (military personnel) into a regiment
syndicate - organize into or form a syndicate
|2.||form - to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"|
constitute, make up, comprise, be, represent - form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
chelate - form a chelate, in chemistry
add - constitute an addition; "This paper will add to her reputation"
|3.||form - develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape"|
regenerate - be formed or shaped anew
become - come into existence; "What becomes has duration"
|4.||form - give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
individuate - give individual shape or form to; "Language that individuates his memories"
tie - form a knot or bow in; "tie a necktie"
terrace - make into terraces as for cultivation; "The Incas terraced their mountainous land"
fork - shape like a fork; "She forked her fingers"
tabulate - shape or cut with a flat surface
dimension - shape or form to required dimensions
roll - shape by rolling; "roll a cigarette"
draw - flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching; "draw steel"
strike - cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp; "strike an arc"
crystallize, crystallise, crystalise, crystalize - cause to take on a definite and clear shape; "He tried to crystallize his thoughts"
twist - form into twists; "Twist the strips of dough"
sliver - form into slivers; "sliver wood"
ridge - form into a ridge
plume - form a plume; "The chimneys were pluming the sky"; "The engine was pluming black smoke"
dish - make concave; shape like a dish
fit - make fit; "fit a dress"; "He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"
flatten - make flat or flatter; "flatten a road"; "flatten your stomach with these exercises"
deform, distort, strain - alter the shape of (something) by stress; "His body was deformed by leprosy"
blow - shape by blowing; "Blow a glass vase"
block - shape into a block or blocks; "block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"
block - shape by using a block; "Block a hat"; "block a garment"
cup - form into the shape of a cup; "She cupped her hands"
turn - shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel; "turn the legs of the table"; "turn the clay on the wheel"
|5.||form - make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"|
carve - form by carving; "Carve a flower from the ice"
chip - form by chipping; "They chipped their names in the stone"
layer - make or form a layer; "layer the different colored sands"
cut out - form and create by cutting out; "Picasso cut out a guitar from a piece of paper"
machine - turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
grind - shape or form by grinding; "grind lenses for glasses and cameras"
stamp - form or cut out with a mold, form, or die; "stamp needles"
puddle - subject to puddling or form by puddling; "puddle iron"
beat - shape by beating; "beat swords into ploughshares"
preform - form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
preform - form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
mound - form into a rounded elevation; "mound earth"
hill - form into a hill
roughcast - shape roughly
sinter - cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
mould, mold, cast - form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold; "cast a bronze sculpture"
throw - make on a potter's wheel; "she threw a beautiful teapot"
handbuild, hand-build, coil - make without a potter's wheel; "This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"
work on, work, process - shape, form, or improve a material; "work stone into tools"; "process iron"; "work the metal"
sculpt, sculpture - create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material; "sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"
|6.||form - establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children"|
|7.||form - assume a form or shape; "the water formed little beads"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
constellate - form a constellation or cluster
culminate - rise to, or form, a summit; "The helmet culminated in a crest"
bunch, bunch up, bundle, cluster, clump - gather or cause to gather into a cluster; "She bunched her fingers into a fist"
brecciate - form into breccia; "brecciated rock"
reticulate - divide so as to form a network
flake - form into flakes; "The substances started to flake"
head - form a head or come or grow to a head; "The wheat headed early this year"
bead - form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example
the same thing in a different form → lo mismo pero con otra forma
form and content → forma f y contenido
in the form of → en forma de
I'm against hunting in any form → estoy en contra de cualquier forma de caza
to take form → concretarse, tomar or cobrar forma
it took the form of a cash prize → consistió en un premio en metálico
what form will the ceremony take? → ¿en qué consistirá la ceremonia?
a new form of government → un nuevo sistema de gobierno
as a form of apology → como disculpa
in due form → en la debida forma
form of payment → modo m de pago
what's the form? → ¿qué es lo que hemos de hacer?
that is common form → eso es muy corriente
to be in good form → estar en buena forma
he was in great form last night → estaba en plena forma anoche
to be on form → estar en forma
to be out of form → estar desentrenado
in top form → en plena forma
true to form → como de costumbre
application form → solicitud f
to fill in or out a form → rellenar un formulario or un impreso
for form's sake → por pura fórmula, para guardar las apariencias
it's bad form → está mal visto
it's a matter of form → es una formalidad
she's in the first form → está haciendo primer curso de secundaria or primero de secundaria
he formed it out of clay → lo modeló or moldeó en arcilla
to form a government → formar gobierno
to form a group → formar un grupo
to form part of sth → formar parte de algo
an idea formed in his mind → una idea tomó forma en su mente
how do ideas form? → ¿cómo se forman las ideas?
a rare form of cancer → une forme rare de cancer
I'm against hunting in any form → Je suis contre la chasse sous toutes ses formes.
true to form
True to form, she refused → Fidèle à elle-même, elle refusa.
It's a new form of the sport → C'est une nouvelle forme de ce sport.
to take the form of → prendre la forme de
The symptoms take various forms → Les symptômes prennent diverses formes.
in the form of → sous forme de
in powder form → sous forme de poudre
in tablet form → sous forme de comprimés
She's in my form → Elle est dans ma classe.
see also sixth form first form, second form, third form, fourth form, fifth form
to be on form (SPORT) → être en forme; (gen) → être en forme
to be off form (SPORT) → être en mauvaise forme
in top form (= very healthy and cheerful) → en pleine forme
It's bad form to → Cela ne se fait pas de ...
in the form of → a forma di, sotto forma di
the same thing in a new form → la stessa cosa presentata in modo diverso
a form of apology → una specie di scusa
form and content → forma e contenuto
to take form → prendere forma
the correct form of address for a bishop → il corretto modo di rivolgersi a un vescovo
in top form → in gran forma
true to form → come sempre
he was in great form last night → era in piena forma ieri sera
it's a matter of form → è una questione di forma
it's bad form → è maleducato
to form a circle/a queue → fare or formare un cerchio/una coda
he formed it out of a lump of clay → l'ha plasmato or modellato su un blocco di creta
to form a government/group → formare un governo/gruppo
those who formed the group → quelli che facevano parte del gruppo
to form part of sth → far parte di qc