1: 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" [syn: word form, signifier, descriptor]
2: a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, sort, variety]
3: 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" [syn: shape, pattern]
4: any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" [syn: shape, configuration, contour, conformation]
5: 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" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, flesh]
6: the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape" [syn: shape]
7: the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features" [syn: shape, cast]
8: (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" [syn: phase]
9: a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"
10: (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms" [syn: variant, strain, var.]
11: 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"
12: a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
13: a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy" [syn: class, grade]
14: an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"
15: a life-size dummy used to display clothes [syn: mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin]
16: a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"
1: to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction" [syn: constitute, make]
2: create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company" [syn: organize, organise]
3: develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape" [syn: take form, take shape, spring]
4: give a shape or form to; "shape the dough" [syn: shape]
5: make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn: shape, work, mold, mould, forge]
6: establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children" [syn: imprint]
7: give shape to; "form the clay into a head" [ant: deform]
Adjacent words: forked lightning | forking | forklift | forlorn | forlorn hope | forlornly | forlornness | form | form class | form division | form family | form genus | form letter | form of government | formal | formal garden