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Definition 1: the act of fabricating something in a particular shape - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for formation in the sense of this definition

(formation is a kind of ...) the act of making something (a product) from raw materials

"the synthesis and fabrication of single crystals" "an improvement in the manufacture of explosives" "manufacturing is vital to Great Britain"

(... is a kind of formation ) the act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)

(... is a kind of formation ) shaping metal by heating and hammering

(... is a kind of formation ) the activity of making things out of metal in a skillful manner

(... is a kind of formation ) the act of forming something into granules or grains

"the granulation of medicines"

(... is a kind of formation ) the cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm

(... is a kind of formation ) the activity of shaping something on a lathe

Definition 2: the act of forming or establishing something - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the constitution of a PTA group last year
  • it was the establishment of his reputation
  • he still remembers the organization of the club

Synonyms for formation in the sense of this definition

(formation is a kind of ...) the act of starting something

"he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations"

(... is a kind of formation ) act of forming labor unions

"the issue underlying the strike was unionization"

(... is a kind of formation ) the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism

(... is a kind of formation ) the organization of a nation of the basis of communism

(... is a kind of formation ) the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs

(... is a kind of formation ) the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies

"the British colonization of America"

Definition 3: creation by mental activity - [noun denoting act]

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

  • the formation of sentences
  • the formation of memories

(formation is a kind of ...) the act of creating something by thinking

(... is a kind of formation ) formation of a word by means of an affix

Definition 4: a particular spatial arrangement - [noun denoting artifact]

(formation is a kind of ...) the spatial property of the way in which something is placed

"the arrangement of the furniture" "the placement of the chairs"

(... is a kind of formation ) the rectangular formation of parallel scanning lines that guide the electron beam on a television screen or a computer monitor

(... is a kind of formation ) formation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel

(... is a kind of formation ) (tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl

"he was winning until he got a split in the tenth frame"

Definition 5: an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit - [noun denoting group]

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

  • a defensive formation
  • a formation of planes

(formation is a kind of ...) an orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit; the result of arranging

"a flower arrangement"

(... is a kind of formation ) the front of a military formation or procession

"the head of the column advanced boldly" "they were at the head of the attack"

(... is a kind of formation ) the side of military or naval formation

"they attacked the enemy's right flank"

(... is a kind of formation ) the middle of a military or naval formation

"they had to reinforce the center"

(... is a kind of formation ) a formation of people or things one beside another

"the line of soldiers advanced with their bayonets fixed" "they were arrayed in line of battle" "the cast stood in line for the curtain call"

(... is a kind of formation ) a formation of people or things one behind another

"the line stretched clear around the corner" "you must wait in a long line at the checkout counter"

(... is a kind of formation ) the defensive football players who line up behind the linemen

(... is a kind of formation ) the offensive football players who line up behind the linemen

(... is a kind of formation ) a formation of troops

(... is a kind of formation ) a formation of aircraft in flight

(... is a kind of formation ) the back of a military formation or procession

"infantrymen were in the rear"

Definition 6: (geology) the geological features of the earth - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for formation in the sense of this definition

(formation is a kind of ...) a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow

"it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"

(... is a kind of formation ) a raised or elevated geological formation

(... is a kind of formation ) land bordering an ocean

(... is a kind of formation ) a series of hills or mountains

"the valley was between two ranges of hills" "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"

(... is a kind of formation ) geological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared

(... is a kind of formation ) a long narrow range of hills

(... is a kind of formation ) a long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean

(... is a kind of formation ) the land along the edge of a body of water

(... is a kind of formation ) an elevated geological formation

"he climbed the steep slope" "the house was built on the side of a mountain"

(... is a kind of formation ) a natural flow of ground water

(... is a kind of formation ) a sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff

(... is a kind of formation ) a layer of ore between layers of rock

(... is a kind of formation ) a bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano

(... is a kind of formation ) a vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)

(... is a kind of formation ) a sunken or depressed geological formation

(... is a kind of formation ) the point where a stream issues into a larger body of water

"New York is at the mouth of the Hudson"

(... is a kind of formation ) underground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc

(... is a kind of formation ) an area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake

(... is a kind of formation ) a geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea

(... is a kind of formation ) a steep high face of rock

"he stood on a high cliff overlooking the town" "a steep drop"

(... is a kind of formation ) a low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger body of water

"the Mississippi River delta" "the Nile delta"

(... is a kind of formation ) a domed rock formation where a core of rock has moved upward and pierced through the more brittle overlying strata

(... is a kind of formation ) a thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock

(... is a kind of formation ) the part of the seashore between the highwater mark and the low-water mark

(... is a kind of formation ) a large mass of ice

(... is a kind of formation ) land bordering a lake

(... is a kind of formation ) a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range

(... is a kind of formation ) a geological formation in which all strata are inclined in the same direction

(... is a kind of formation ) underground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water

"spring rains had raised the water table"

(... is an instance of formation) the two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; according to legend they were formed by Hercules

(formation belongs to category ...) a science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks

Definition 7: natural process that causes something to form - [noun denoting process]

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

  • the formation of gas in the intestine
  • the formation of crystals
  • the formation of pseudopods

(formation is a kind of ...) a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)

"the action of natural forces" "volcanic activity"

(... is a kind of formation ) the formation of a crust

(... is a kind of formation ) (photography) the formation of a network of cracks or wrinkles in a photographic emulsion

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