amorphous

Amorphous means without a clearly defined form, like the moon's amorphous reflection in a lake. Figuratively, something amorphous lacks focus, be it a work of art, a political movement, or even someone's life plans.

The Greek roots of this word are clear: morphē means "form," and a- means "lacking or without." When creative works or ideas are described as amorphous, it means they suffer from a lack of organization. An amorphous object lacks a well-defined outline or structure, like amorphous jellyfish drifting on the surface of the ocean. And scientifically, this adjective simply describes something without a crystalline form, like an amorphous metal or amorphous ice.

Definitions of amorphous
1

adj having no definite form or distinct shape

amorphous clouds of insects”
Synonyms:
formless, shapeless
unformed
not having form or shape

adj without real or apparent crystalline form

“an amorphous mineral”
amorphous structure”
Synonyms:
uncrystallised, uncrystallized
noncrystalline
not crystalline

adj lacking the system or structure characteristic of living bodies

Synonyms:
unstructured
inorganic
lacking the properties characteristic of living organisms

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