Definitions and meaning of form
From Middle English forme (“shape, figure, manner, bench, frame, seat, condition, agreement, etc.”), borrowed from Old French forme, from Latin fōrma (“shape, figure, image, outline, plan, mold, frame, case, etc., manner, sort, kind, etc.”)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /fɔːm/
- (General American) IPA(key): /fɔɹm/
- Hyphenation: form
- Rhymes: -ɔː(ɹ)m
form (countable and uncountable, plural forms)
- (heading, physical) To do with shape.
- The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
- 1699, William Temple, Heads designed for an essay on conversations
- Study gives strength to the mind; conversation, grace: the first apt to give stiffness, the other suppleness: one gives substance and form to the statue, the other polishes it.
- A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
- Regularity, beauty, or elegance.
- (philosophy) The inherent nature of an object; that which the mind itself contributes as the condition of knowing; that in which the essence of a thing consists.
- Characteristics not involving atomic components. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (dated) A long bench with no back.
- 1981, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, page 10:
- I can see the old schoolroom yet: the broken-down desks and the worn-out forms with knots in that got stuck into your backside […].
- 2010, Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles: An Autobiography:
- The prefect grabbed me by the shoulders and steered me down a passageway, and down another and finally through a door that led into a long, low dining-room crowded with loudly breakfasting boys sitting on long, shiny oak forms, as benches used to be called.
- (fine arts) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
- (crystallography) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
- (social) To do with structure or procedure.
- An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
- Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula.
- Those whom form of laws
Condemned to die.
- Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system.
- Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality.
- (archaic) A class or rank in society.
- (Britain) A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).
- 2011, Jane Martinson, The Guardian, 4 May:
- It's fair to say she has form on this: she has criticised David Cameron's proposal to create all-women shortlists for prospective MPs, tried to ban women wearing high heels at work as the resulting pain made them take time off work, and tried to reduce the point at which an abortion can take place from 24 to 21 weeks.
- (Britain, education) A class or year of school pupils (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).
- 1928, George Bickerstaff, The mayor, and other folk
- One other day after afternoon school, Mr. Percival came behind me and put his hand on me. "Let me see, what's your name? Which form are you in? […]"
- 1976, Ronald King, School and college: studies of post-sixteen education
- From the sixth form will come the scholars and the administrators.
- A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.
- A specimen document to be copied or imitated.
- Level of performance.
- The team's form has been poor this year.
- The orchestra was on top form this evening.
- (grammar) A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages; the particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech.
- The den or home of a hare.
- , I.iii.1.2:
- The Egyptians therefore in their hieroglyphics expressed a melancholy man by a hare sitting in her form, as being a most timorous and solitary creature.
- 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p.275:
- Hares left their snug ‘forms’ in the cold grass.
- (computing, programming) A window or dialogue box.
- 1998, Gary Cornell, Visual Basic 6 from the ground up (p.426)
- While it is quite amazing how much one can do with Visual Basic with the code attached to a single form, to take full advantage of VB you'll need to start using multiple forms and having the code on all the forms in your project interact.
- 2010, Neil Smyth, C# Essentials
- Throughout this chapter we will work with a form in a new project.
- (taxonomy) An infraspecific rank.
- (printing, dated) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
- (geometry) A quantic.
- (sports, fitness) A specific way of performing a movement.
- (visible structure of a thing or person): shape; see also Thesaurus:shape
- (visible structure of a person): figure; see also Thesaurus:physique
- (thing that gives shape to other things): cast, cookie cutter, mold, pattern
- (mode of construction): configuration, makeup; see also Thesaurus:composition
- (blank document): formular
- (pre-collegiate level): grade
- (biology): f.
form (third-person singular simple present forms, present participle forming, simple past and past participle formed)
- (transitive) To assume (a certain shape or visible structure).
- (transitive) To give (a shape or visible structure) to a thing or person.
- (intransitive) To take shape.
- To put together or bring into being; assemble.
- (transitive, linguistics) To create (a word) by inflection or derivation.
- (transitive) To constitute, to compose, to make up.
- 1796, Edmund Burke, Letters on a Regicide Peace
- the diplomatic politicians […] who formed by far the majority
- 1948 May, Stanley Pashko, “The Biggest Family”, in Boys' Life, Volume 38, Number 5, Boy Scouts of America, ISSN 0006-8608, p.10:
- Insects form the biggest family group in nature's kingdom, and also the oldest.
- To mould or model by instruction or discipline.
- 1731–1735, Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
- 'Tis education forms the common mind.
- Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.
- To provide (a hare) with a form.
- The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.
- (electrical, historical, transitive) To treat (plates) to prepare them for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but later the plates or grids were coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.
- (give shape): beshape, transmogrify; see also Thesaurus:form
- (take shape): take form, take shape; see also Thesaurus:come into being
- (constitute): compose, make up; see also Thesaurus:compose
- form in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- form in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
Borrowed from Latin fōrma (“shape, form”).
- IPA(key): /fɔrm/, [fɒːˀm]
form c (singular definite formen, plural indefinite former)
form c (singular definite formen, plural indefinite forme)
- tin (a metal pan used for baking, roasting, etc.)
- “form” in Den Danske Ordbog
- form on the Danish Wikipedia.Wikipedia da
- singular imperative of formen
- (colloquial) first-person singular present of formen
Borrowed from Latin forma.
form f or m (definite singular forma or formen, indefinite plural former, definite plural formene)
- a mould (e.g. for cast products)
- imperative of forme
- “form” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
Borrowed from Latin forma.
form f (definite singular forma, indefinite plural former, definite plural formene)
- a mould (e.g. for cast products)
- “form” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
From Old Swedish forma, borrowed from Latin forma.
- a form, a shape
- a form, a mold, a dish, a tray, a tin, a piece of ovenware
From French forme.
form (definite accusative formu, plural formlar)
- to shape or produce.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)