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English Dictionary: form by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
form
n
  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"
    Synonym(s): form, 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?"
    Synonym(s): kind, sort, form, 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"
    Synonym(s): form, shape, pattern
  4. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes"
    Synonym(s): shape, form, 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"
    Synonym(s): human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, form, flesh
  6. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    Synonym(s): shape, form
  7. the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"
    Synonym(s): form, shape, cast
  8. a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"
  9. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
    Synonym(s): form, variant, strain, var.
  10. 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"
  11. a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
  12. (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"
    Synonym(s): phase, form
  13. a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"
    Synonym(s): class, form, grade, course
  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
    Synonym(s): mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin, form
  16. a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"
v
  1. create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"
    Synonym(s): form, organize, organise
  2. to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"
    Synonym(s): form, constitute, make
  3. develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape"
    Synonym(s): form, take form, take shape, spring
  4. give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"
    Synonym(s): shape, form
  5. 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"
    Synonym(s): shape, form, work, mold, mould, forge
  6. establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children"
    Synonym(s): imprint, form
  7. assume a form or shape; "the water formed little beads"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Form \Form\, v. t. (Elec.)
      To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition 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 now the plates or
      grids are 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   form \form\ [See {Form}, n.]
      A suffix used to denote in the form [or] shape of,
      resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Form \Form\ (f[d3]rm; in senses 8 & 9, often f[d3]rm in
      England), n. [OE. & F. forme, fr. L. forma; cf. Skr.
      dhariman. Cf. {Firm}.]
      1. The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from
            the material of which it is composed; particular
            disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it
            individuality or distinctive character; configuration;
            figure; external appearance.
  
                     The form of his visage was changed.   --Dan. iii.
                                                                              19.
  
                     And woven close close, both matter, form, and style.
                                                                              --Milton.
  
      2. Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.;
            system; as, a republican form of government.
  
      3. Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of
            proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a
            form of prayer.
  
                     Those whom form of laws Condemned to die. --Dryden.
  
      4. Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain,
            trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality;
            formality; as, a matter of mere form.
  
                     Though well we may not pass upon his life Without
                     the form of justice.                           --Shak.
  
      5. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness;
            elegance; beauty.
  
                     The earth was without form and void.   --Gen. i. 2.
  
                     He hath no form nor comeliness.         --Is. liii. 2.
  
      6. A shape; an image; a phantom.
  
      7. That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern;
            model.
  
      8. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a
            school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
            [bd]Ladies of a high form.[b8] --Bp. Burnet.
  
      9. The seat or bed of a hare.
  
                     As in a form sitteth a weary hare.      --Chaucer.
  
      10. (Print.) The type or other matter from which an
            impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a
            chase.
  
      11. (Fine Arts) The boundary line of a material object. In
            painting, more generally, the human body.
  
      12. (Gram.) The particular shape or structure of a word or
            part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
  
      13. (Crystallog.) The combination of planes included under a
            general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a
            closed solid.
  
      14. (Metaph.) That assemblage or disposition of qualities
            which makes a conception, or that internal constitution
            which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called
            essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished
            from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of
            being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea;
            objectively, a law.
  
      15. Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the
            intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In
            modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by
            the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or
            condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a
            mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on
            the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and
            necessary accompaniments or elements of every object
            known or thought of.
  
      16. (Biol.) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a
            type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an
            animal or plant.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Form \Form\ (f[ocir]rm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Formed}
      (f[ocir]rmd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Forming}.] [F. former, L.
      formare, fr. forma. See {Form}, n.]
      1. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make;
            to fashion.
  
                     God formed man of the dust of the ground. --Gen. ii.
                                                                              7.
  
                     The thought that labors in my forming brain. --Rowe.
  
      2. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion
            into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust;
            also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by
            influence, etc.; to train.
  
                     'T is education forms the common mind. --Pope.
  
                     Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.
                                                                              --Dryden.
  
      3. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the
            essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to
            make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything
            is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.
  
                     The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far
                     the majority.                                    --Burke.
  
      4. To provide with a form, as a hare. See {Form}, n., 9.
  
                     The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.
                                                                              --Drayton.
  
      5. (Gram.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the
            proper suffixes and affixes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Form \Form\, v. i.
      1. To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the
            infantry should form in column.
  
      2. To run to a form, as a hare. --B. Jonson.
  
      {To form on} (Mil.), to form a lengthened line with reference
            to (any given object) as a basis.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   FORM
  
      A system written by Jos Vermaseren
      in 1989 for fast handling of very
      large-scale {symbolic mathematics} problems.   FORM is a
      descendant of {Schoonschip} and is available for many
      {personal computer}s and {workstation}s.
  
      {(ftp://acm.princeton.edu/)}, {(ftp://nikhefh.nikhef.nl/)}.
  
      Mailing list: .
  
      (1995-04-12)
  
  
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