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Definition 1: the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance - [noun denoting tops]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • geometry is the mathematical science of shape

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity

(... is a kind of form ) 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"

(... is a kind of form ) something approximating the shape of a triangle

"the coastline of Chile and Argentina and Brazil forms two legs of a triangle"

(... is a kind of form ) something approximating the shape of a square

(... is a kind of form ) something approximating the shape of a circle

"the chairs were arranged in a circle"

(... is a kind of form ) a connecting shape

(... is a kind of form ) an ill-defined or arbitrary shape

(... is a kind of form ) a shape resulting from distortion

(... is a kind of form ) a shape that is curved and without sharp angles

(... is a kind of form ) a shape having one or more sharp angles

(... is a kind of form ) a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point

(... is a kind of form ) a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape

(... is a kind of form ) a shape that spreads outward

"the skirt had a wide flare"

(... is a kind of form ) a shape created by natural forces; not man-made

(... is a kind of form ) (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"

(... is a kind of form ) a three-dimensional shape

(... is a kind of form ) anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness

"a plume of smoke" "grass with large plumes"

Definition 2: a life-size dummy used to display clothes - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) a figure representing the human form

Definition 3: a mold for setting concrete - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation

(form is a kind of ...) container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

Definition 4: the visual appearance of something or someone - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the delicate cast of his features

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

Definition 5: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he could barely make out their shapes

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) any property relating to or occupying space

(... is a kind of form ) thinness of edge or fineness of point

(... is a kind of form ) a layered configuration

(... is a kind of form ) having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles

(... is a kind of form ) freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles

(... is a kind of form ) the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular

(... is a kind of form ) the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface

(... is a kind of form ) an instance of becoming narrow

(... is a kind of form ) the property possessed by a shape that has angles

(... is a kind of form ) the property possessed by a convex shape

(... is a kind of form ) the property possessed by a concave shape

(... is a kind of form ) the property of having lobules

(... is a kind of form ) the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features

(... is a kind of form ) without sharpness or clearness of edge or point

"the dullness of the pencil made his writing illegible"

(... are attributes of form) having no deviations

"straight lines" "straight roads across the desert" "straight teeth" "straight shoulders"

(... are attributes of form) having or marked by bends or angles; not straight or aligned

"crooked country roads" "crooked teeth"

Definition 6: an ability to perform well - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was at the top of his form
  • the team was off form last night

(form is a kind of ...) the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

Definition 7: a particular mode in which something is manifested - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his resentment took the form of extreme hostility

(form is a kind of ...) how something is done or how it happens

"her dignified manner" "his rapid manner of talking" "their nomadic mode of existence" "in the characteristic New York style" "a lonely way of life" "in an abrasive fashion"

Definition 8: alternative names for the body of a human being - [noun denoting body]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Leonardo studied the human body
  • he has a strong physique
  • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) the entire physical structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)

"he felt as if his whole body were on fire"

(... is a kind of form ) a human body (usually including the clothing)

"a weapon was hidden on his person"

(... is a kind of form ) the body of a young person

(... is a kind of form ) the body of an adult human being

(... is a kind of form ) the body of a male human being

(... is a kind of form ) the body of a female human being

(... is part of form) a human being

"there was too much for one person to do"

(... is part of form) any living or extinct member of the family Hominidae characterized by superior intelligence, articulate speech, and erect carriage

Definition 9: a perceptual structure - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the composition presents problems for students of musical form
  • a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

"his lectures have no structure"

(... is a kind of form ) (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry

(... is a kind of form ) a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts

(... is a kind of form ) a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines

(... is a kind of form ) a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes

(... is a kind of form ) a pattern resembling a mosaic

(... is a kind of form ) 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"

(... is part of form) the representation of what is perceived; basic component in the formation of a concept

Definition 10: a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sculpture is a form of art
  • what kinds of desserts are there?

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme

(... is a kind of form ) a kind or category

"businessmen of every stripe joined in opposition to the proposal"

(... is a kind of form ) a type of product

"his car was an old model"

(... is a kind of form ) a kind

"what manner of man are you?"

(... is a kind of form ) a kind of person

"We'll not see his like again" "I can't tolerate people of his ilk"

(... is a kind of form ) a kind of literary or artistic work

(... is a kind of form ) a recognizable kind

"there's a new brand of hero in the movies now" "what make of car is that?"

(... is a kind of form ) a general kind of something

"ignore the genus communism"

(... is a kind of form ) a specific kind of something

"a species of molecule" "a species of villainy"

(... is a kind of form ) (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction

"each flavor of quarks comes in three colors"

(... is a kind of form ) (physics) the six kinds of quarks

(... is a kind of form ) a particular kind (as to appearance)

"this style of shoe is in demand"

(... is a kind of form ) (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)

(... is a kind of form ) an opposite or contrasting type

(... is a kind of form ) a subdivision of a particular kind of thing

"what type of sculpture do you prefer?"

(... is a kind of form ) sort or variety

"every description of book was there"

(... is a kind of form ) a similar kind

"dogs, foxes, and the like" "we don't want the likes of you around here"

Definition 11: the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of form ) a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced as one word

"`NATO' is an initialism for North Atlantic Treaty Organization" "the word `scuba' is an acronym for s(elf)-c(ontained) u(nderwater) b(reathing) a(pparatus)"

(... is a kind of form ) a shortened form of a word or phrase

(... is a kind of form ) the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary

(... is a kind of form ) a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes

(... is a kind of form ) (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed

"thematic vowels are part of the stem"

(... is a kind of form ) a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error

(... is a kind of form ) the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton

(... is a kind of form ) the form of a word that is used to denote more than one

(form belongs to category ...) the scientific study of language

Definition 12: a printed document with spaces in which to write - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he filled out his tax form

(form is a kind of ...) writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)

(... is a kind of form ) a form to use when making an application

(... is a kind of form ) a form to use when filing a claim

(... is a kind of form ) a form to use when placing an order

(... is a kind of form ) a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information

(... is a kind of form ) an official form on which a request in made

"first you have to fill out the requisition"

(... is a kind of form ) a form to use when paying your taxes

(... is a kind of form ) a form to use when sending a telegram

(form is a part of ...) a blank area

"write your name in the space provided"

Definition 13: an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the essay was in the form of a dialogue
  • he first sketches the plot in outline form

(form is a kind of ...) a style of expressing yourself in writing

(... is a kind of form ) the form or metrical composition of a poem

Definition 14: a body of students who are taught together - [noun denoting group]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • early morning classes are always sleepy

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) a group of persons together in one place

(... is a kind of form ) a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert

(... is a kind of form ) a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately

"a graduate student taught sections for the professor's lecture course"

Definition 15: (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups - [noun denoting group]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a new strain of microorganisms

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) animal or plant group having natural relations

(... is a member of form) (biology) taxonomic group whose members can interbreed

(form belongs to category ...) the science that studies living organisms

Definition 16: (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 - [noun denoting state]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) (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"

(... is a kind of form ) (of colloids) a substance in the colloidal state

(... is a kind of form ) (of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed

(form belongs to category ...) the branch of chemistry dealing with the physical properties of chemical substances

Definition 17: give shape or form to - [verb of change]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • shape the dough
  • form the young child's character

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of form ) make round

"round the edges"

(... is a kind of form ) shape or cut in scallops

"scallop the hem of the dress"

(... is a kind of form ) make square

"Square the circle" "square the wood with a file"

(... is a kind of form ) make concave; shape like a dish

(... is a kind of form ) make fit

"fit a dress" "He fitted other pieces of paper to his cut-out"

(... is a kind of form ) make flat or flatter

"flatten a road" "flatten your stomach with these exercises"

(... is a kind of form ) alter the shape of (something) by stress

"His body was deformed by leprosy"

(... is a kind of form ) shape by blowing

"Blow a glass vase"

(... is a kind of form ) shape into a block or blocks

"block the graphs so one can see the results clearly"

(... is a kind of form ) shape by using a block

"Block a hat" "block a garment"

(... is a kind of form ) form into the shape of a cup

"She cupped her hands"

(... is a kind of form ) form or draw a circle around

"encircle the errors"

(... is a kind of form ) form a plume

"The chimneys were pluming the sky" "The engine was pluming black smoke"

(... is a kind of form ) form into a ridge

(... is a kind of form ) give individual shape or form to

"Language that individuates his memories"

(... is a kind of form ) form a knot or bow in

"tie a necktie"

(... is a kind of form ) make into terraces as for cultivation

"The Incas terraced their mountainous land"

(... is a kind of form ) shape like a fork

"She forked her fingers"

(... is a kind of form ) shape or cut with a flat surface

(... is a kind of form ) shape or form to required dimensions

(... is a kind of form ) shape by rolling

"roll a cigarette"

(... is a kind of form ) flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching

"draw steel"

(... is a kind of form ) cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp

"strike an arc"

(... is a kind of form ) cause to take on a definite and clear shape

"He tried to crystallize his thoughts"

(... is a kind of form ) form into twists

"Twist the strips of dough"

(... is a kind of form ) form into slivers

"sliver wood"

(... is a kind of form ) shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel

"turn the legs of the table" "turn the clay on the wheel"

Definition 18: assume a form or shape - [verb of change]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the water formed little beads

(form is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of form ) form a head or come or grow to a head

"The wheat headed early this year"

(... is a kind of form ) form into flakes

"The substances started to flake"

(... is a kind of form ) divide so as to form a network

(... is a kind of form ) form into breccia

"brecciated rock"

(... is a kind of form ) gather or cause to gather into a cluster

"She bunched her fingers into a fist"

(... is a kind of form ) assume a globular shape

(... is a kind of form ) form into grains

(... is a kind of form ) rise to, or form, a summit

"The helmet culminated in a crest"

(... is a kind of form ) form a constellation or cluster

(... is a kind of form ) form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example

Definition 19: make something, usually for a specific function - [verb of creation]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She molded the rice balls carefully
  • Form cylinders from the dough
  • shape a figure
  • Work the metal into a sword

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) make from scratch

(... is a kind of form ) form by carving

"Carve a flower from the ice"

(... is a kind of form ) form into a rounded elevation

"mound earth"

(... is a kind of form ) form into a hill

(... is a kind of form ) shape roughly

(... is a kind of form ) shape again or shape differently

(... is a kind of form ) cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting

(... is a kind of form ) form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold

"cast a bronze sculpture"

(... is a kind of form ) make on a potter's wheel

"she threw a beautiful teapot"

(... is a kind of form ) make without a potter's wheel

"This famous potter hand-builds all of her vessels"

(... is a kind of form ) create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material

"sculpt a swan out of a block of ice"

(... is a kind of form ) form into a shape resembling the final, desired one

(... is a kind of form ) form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand

(... is a kind of form ) form metals with a swage

(... is a kind of form ) form by chipping

"They chipped their names in the stone"

(... is a kind of form ) make or form a layer

"layer the different colored sands"

(... is a kind of form ) form and create by cutting out

"Picasso cut out a guitar from a piece of paper"

(... is a kind of form ) turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery

(... is a kind of form ) shape or form by grinding

"grind lenses for glasses and cameras"

(... is a kind of form ) form or cut out with a mold, form, or die

"stamp needles"

(... is a kind of form ) subject to puddling or form by puddling

"puddle iron"

(... is a kind of form ) shape by beating

"beat swords into ploughshares"

(... is a kind of form ) form in clay, wax, etc

"model a head with clay"

(form has a similar meaning as ...) shape, form, or improve a material

"work stone into tools" "process iron" "work the metal"

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • social groups form everywhere
  • They formed a company

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) make or cause to be or to become

"make a mess in one's office" "create a furor"

(... is a kind of form ) organize anew, as after a setback

(... is a kind of form ) form sides, as for a game

(... is a kind of form ) form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers

(... is a kind of form ) form (military personnel) into a regiment

(... is a kind of form ) organize into or form a syndicate

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We imprint our ideas onto our children

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) have and exert influence or effect

"The artist's work influenced the young painter" "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

Definition 22: to compose or represent - [verb of stative]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This wall forms the background of the stage setting
  • The branches made a roof
  • This makes a fine introduction

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of form ) form a chelate, in chemistry

(... is a kind of form ) constitute an addition

"This paper will add to her reputation"

Definition 23: develop into a distinctive entity - [verb of stative]

Samples where form or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • our plans began to take shape

Synonyms for form in the sense of this definition

(form is a kind of ...) come into existence

"What becomes has duration"

(... is a kind of form ) be formed or shaped anew

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