Form Definition

Define what is Form?

1. descriptor, form, signifier, word form (noun)

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.

Word noun
a unit of language that native speakers can identify.


plural, plural form noun
the form of a word that is used to denote more than one.

singular, singular form noun
the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton.

ghost word noun
a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error.

root word, stem, root, theme, radical, Base noun
(linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed.

etymon, root noun
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 noun
the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary.

abbreviation noun
a shortened form of a word or phrase.

acronym noun
a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name.

2. form, organize, organise (verb)

create (as an entity).

  • social groups form everywhere.
  • They formed a company.
Synonyms: organize, organise

create, make verb
make or cause to be or to become.


regroup, reorganise, reorganize verb
organize anew, as after a setback.

choose up verb
form sides, as for a game.

draw up verb
form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers.

regiment verb
form (military personnel) into a regiment.

syndicate verb
organize into or form a syndicate.

3. form, constitute, make (verb)

to compose or represent:.

  • This wall forms the background of the stage setting.
  • The branches made a roof.
  • This makes a fine introduction.
Synonyms: constitute, make

constitute, make up, comprise, Be, represent verb
form or compose.


chelate verb
form a chelate, in chemistry.

ADD verb
constitute an addition.

4. kind, sort, form, variety (noun)

a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality.

  • sculpture is a form of art.
  • what kinds of desserts are there?.
Synonyms: kind, sort, variety

category noun
a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme.


description noun
sort or variety.

type noun
a subdivision of a particular kind of thing.

antitype noun
an opposite or contrasting type.

art form noun
(architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture).

style noun
a particular kind (as to appearance).

flavour, flavor noun
(physics) the six kinds of quarks.

colour, color noun
(physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction.

species noun
a specific kind of something.

genus noun
a general kind of something.

make, brand noun
a recognizable kind.

genre noun
a kind of literary or artistic work.

ilk, like noun
a kind of person.

manner noun
a kind.

model noun
a type of product.

stripe noun
a kind or category.

like, the like, the likes of noun
a similar kind.

5. pattern, form, SHAPE (noun)

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.
Synonyms: pattern, SHAPE

structure noun
the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations.


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

gestalt noun
a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts.

grid noun
a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines.

kaleidoscope noun
a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes.

Mosaic noun
a pattern resembling a mosaic.

Strand noun
a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole.

6. take form, take shape, spring, form (verb)

develop into a distinctive entity.

  • our plans began to take shape.

become verb
come into existence.


regenerate verb
be formed or shaped anew.

7. SHAPE, configuration, conformation, contour, form (noun)

any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline).

  • he could barely make out their shapes.

spatial property, spatiality noun
any property relating to or occupying space.


keenness, sharpness noun
thinness of edge or fineness of point.

bluntness, dullness noun
without sharpness or clearness of edge or point.

topography noun
the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features.

lobularity noun
the property of having lobules.

concaveness, concavity noun
the property possessed by a concave shape.

convexity, convexness noun
the property possessed by a convex shape.

angularity noun
the property possessed by a shape that has angles.

narrowing noun
an instance of becoming narrow.

curvature, curve noun
the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface.

roundness noun
the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular.

straightness noun
freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles.

crookedness noun
having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles.

stratification noun
a layered configuration.

8. SHAPE, form (verb)

give shape or form to.

  • shape the dough.
  • form the young child's character.
Synonyms: SHAPE

alter, change, modify verb
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


individuate verb
give individual shape or form to.

tie verb
form a knot or bow in.

terrace verb
make into terraces as for cultivation.

fork verb
shape like a fork.

tabulate verb
shape or cut with a flat surface.

dimension verb
shape or form to required dimensions.

roll verb
shape by rolling.

draw verb
flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching.

strike verb
cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp.

crystallize, crystallise, crystalise, crystalize verb
cause to take on a definite and clear shape.

twist verb
form into twists.

sliver verb
form into slivers.

ridge verb
form into a ridge.

plume verb
form a plume.

round off, round, round out verb
make round.

scollop, scallop verb
shape or cut in scallops.

square, square up verb
make square.

dish verb
make concave; shape like a dish.

fit verb
make fit.

flatten verb
make flat or flatter.

deform, distort, strain verb
alter the shape of (something) by stress.

blow verb
shape by blowing.

block verb
shape into a block or blocks.

block verb
shape by using a block.

cup verb
form into the shape of a cup.

encircle, circle verb
form a circle around.

turn verb
shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel.

9. SHAPE, mould, mold, form, forge, work (verb)

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.
Synonyms: SHAPE, mould, mold, forge, work

carve verb
form by carving.

swage, upset verb
form metals with a swage.

chip verb
form by chipping.

layer verb
make or form a layer.

cut out verb
form and create by cutting out.

machine verb
turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery.

grind verb
shape or form by grinding.

stamp verb
form or cut out with a mold, form, or die.

puddle verb
subject to puddling or form by puddling.

beat verb
shape by beating.

preform verb
form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand.

preform verb
form into a shape resembling the final, desired one.

mound verb
form into a rounded elevation.

Hill verb
form into a hill.

roughcast verb
shape roughly.

remold, reshape verb
shape again or shape differently.

sinter verb
cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting.

mould, mold, cast verb
form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold.

throw verb
make on a potter's wheel.

hand-build, handbuild, coil verb
make without a potter's wheel.

sculpt, sculpture verb
create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material.

mold, mould, model verb
form in clay, wax, etc.

10. physical body, bod, material body, chassis, human body, physique, flesh, figure, build, anatomy, SHAPE, frame, Soma, form (noun)

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.

body, organic structure, physical structure noun
the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being).


person noun
a human body (usually including the clothing).

juvenile body noun
the body of a young person.

adult body noun
the body of an adult human being.

male body noun
the body of a male human being.

female body noun
the body of a female human being.

11. SHAPE, form (noun)

the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance.

  • geometry is the mathematical science of shape.
Synonyms: SHAPE

attribute noun
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity.


solid noun
a three-dimensional shape.

plane, sheet noun
(mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape.

natural shape noun
a shape created by natural forces; not man-made.

flare, flair noun
a shape that spreads outward.

figure noun
a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape.

line noun
a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point.

angular shape, angularity noun
a shape having one or more sharp angles.

round shape noun
a shape that is curved and without sharp angles.

distorted shape, distortion noun
a shape resulting from distortion.

amorphous shape noun
an ill-defined or arbitrary shape.

connexion, link, connection noun
a connecting shape.

circle noun
something approximating the shape of a circle.

square noun
something approximating the shape of a square.

Triangle noun
something approximating the shape of a triangle.

pillar, tower, column noun
anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower.

plume noun
anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness.

12. imprint, form (verb)

establish or impress firmly in the mind.

  • We imprint our ideas onto our children.
Synonyms: imprint

act upon, influence, work verb
have and exert influence or effect.

13. cast, SHAPE, form (noun)

the visual appearance of something or someone.

  • the delicate cast of his features.
Synonyms: cast, SHAPE

appearance, visual aspect noun
outward or visible aspect of a person or thing.

14. form (verb)

assume a form or shape.

  • the water formed little beads.

change verb
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


constellate verb
form a constellation or cluster.

culminate verb
rise to, or form, a summit.

granulate, grain verb
form into grains.

conglobate, conglobe verb
assume a globular shape.

bunch, bunch up, bundle, cluster, clump verb
gather or cause to gather into a cluster.

brecciate verb
form into breccia.

reticulate verb
divide so as to form a network.

flake verb
form into flakes.

head verb
form a head or come or grow to a head.

bead verb
form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example.

15. form (noun)

a printed document with spaces in which to write.

  • he filled out his tax form.

document, papers, written document noun
writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature).


application form noun
a form to use when making an application.

claim form noun
a form to use when filing a claim.

order form noun
a form to use when placing an order.

questionnaire noun
a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information.

requisition form, requisition noun
an official form on which a request in made.

tax form noun
a form to use when paying your taxes.

telegraph form noun
a form to use when sending a telegram.

16. var., variant, strain, form (noun)

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups.

  • a new strain of microorganisms.
Synonyms: var., variant, strain

taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group noun
animal or plant group having natural relations.

17. form (noun)

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.

literary genre, writing style, genre noun
a style of expressing yourself in writing.


versification noun
the form or metrical composition of a poem.

18. form (noun)

a particular mode in which something is manifested.

  • his resentment took the form of extreme hostility.

fashion, manner, mode, style, way noun
how something is done or how it happens.

19. phase, form (noun)

(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.
Synonyms: phase

state of matter, State noun
(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).


dispersed particles, dispersed phase noun
(of colloids) a substance in the colloidal state.

dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium noun
(of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed.

20. grade, class, course, form (noun)

a body of students who are taught together.

  • early morning classes are always sleepy.
Synonyms: grade, class, course

assemblage, gathering noun
a group of persons together in one place.


master class noun
a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert.

discussion section, section noun
a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately.

21. form (noun)

an ability to perform well.

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

ability noun
the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment.

22. manakin, mannequin, manikin, mannikin, form (noun)

a life-size dummy used to display clothes.


    dummy noun
    a figure representing the human form.

    23. form (noun)

    a mold for setting concrete.

    • they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation.

    cast, mold, mould noun
    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens.

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