form

The way something (or someone) is shaped or arranged is its form. You might use it to describe the way a person looks walking in the woods at dusk by saying, "Her form was almost lost between the shadowy trees."

Physical objects have a form, and so do less tangible things like music, movies, and stories. When form is used as a verb, it means "to give shape to," as when a filmmaker works to form the narrative of her movie so that it makes sense to the audience.

Definitions of form
  1. noun
    a perceptual structure
    “the composition presents problems for students of musical form
    synonyms: pattern, shape
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    fractal
    (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
    gestalt
    a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
    grid
    a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines
    kaleidoscope
    a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
    mosaic
    a pattern resembling a mosaic
    strand
    a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
    reference grid
    a pattern of horizontal and vertical lines that provide coordinates for locating points on an image or a map
    Amsler grid
    a pattern of small boxes that is used for self-monitoring by patients who have age-related macular degeneration
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    structure
    the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
  2. noun
    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    “sculpture is a form of art”
    synonyms: kind, sort, variety
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    description
    sort or variety
    type
    a subdivision of a particular kind of thing
    antitype
    an opposite or contrasting type
    art form
    (architecture) a form of artistic expression (such as writing or painting or architecture)
    style
    a particular kind (as to appearance)
    flavor, flavour
    (physics) the six kinds of quarks
    color, colour
    (physics) the characteristic of quarks that determines their role in the strong interaction
    species
    a specific kind of something
    genus
    a general kind of something
    brand, make
    a recognizable kind
    genre
    a kind of literary or artistic work
    ilk, like
    a kind of person
    manner
    a kind
    model
    a type of product
    stripe
    a kind or category
    like, the like, the likes of
    a similar kind
    breed
    a special type
    nature
    a particular type of thing
    edition, variant, variation, version
    something a little different from others of the same type
    architectural style, style of architecture, type of architecture
    architecture as a kind of art form
    charm
    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    strangeness
    (physics) one of the six flavors of quark
    sonata form
    a musical form having 3 sections -- exposition and development and recapitulation; characteristic of 1st movement of a sonata or symphony
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    category
    a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
  3. noun
    a particular mode in which something is manifested
    “his resentment took the form of extreme hostility”
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    fashion, manner, modality, mode, style, way
    how something is done or how it happens
  4. 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
    synonyms: phase
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    dispersed particles, dispersed phase
    (of colloids) a substance in the colloidal state
    dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium
    (of colloids) a substance in which another is colloidally dispersed
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    state, state of matter
    (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)
  5. verb
    create (as an entity)
    “social groups form everywhere”
    “They formed a company”
    synonyms: organise, organize
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    regroup, reorganise, reorganize
    organize anew, as after a setback
    choose up
    form sides, as for a game
    draw up
    form or arrange in order or formation, as of a body of soldiers
    regiment
    form (military personnel) into a regiment
    syndicate
    organize into or form a syndicate
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. verb
    give shape or form to
    form the young child's character”
    synonyms: shape
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    individuate
    give individual shape or form to
    tie
    form a knot or bow in
    terrace
    make into terraces as for cultivation
    fork
    shape like a fork
    tabulate
    shape or cut with a flat surface
    dimension
    shape or form to required dimensions
    roll
    shape by rolling
    draw
    flatten, stretch, or mold metal or glass, by rolling or by pulling it through a die or by stretching
    strike
    cause to form (an electric arc) between electrodes of an arc lamp
    crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize
    cause to take on a definite and clear shape
    twist
    form into twists
    sliver
    form into slivers
    ridge
    form into a ridge
    plume
    form a plume
    round, round off, round out
    make round
    scallop, scollop
    shape or cut in scallops
    square, square up
    make square
    dish
    make concave; shape like a dish
    fit
    make fit
    flatten
    make flat or flatter
    deform, distort, strain
    alter the shape of (something) by stress
    blow
    shape by blowing
    block
    shape into a block or blocks
    block
    shape by using a block
    cup
    form into the shape of a cup
    circle, encircle
    form a circle around
    turn
    shape by rotating on a lathe or cutting device or a wheel
    purse
    contract one's lips into a rounded shape
    steamroll, steamroller
    make level or flat with a steamroller
    splat
    split open and flatten for cooking
    jaundice
    distort adversely
    roll, roll out
    flatten or spread with a roller
    laminate
    press or beat (metals) into thin sheets
    dovetail
    fit together tightly, as if by means of a dovetail
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  7. verb
    develop into a distinctive entity
    synonyms: spring, take form, take shape
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    regenerate
    be formed or shaped anew
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    become
    come into existence
  8. verb
    to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
    synonyms: constitute, make
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    chelate
    form a chelate, in chemistry
    add
    constitute an addition
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    be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent
    form or compose
  9. verb
    establish or impress firmly in the mind
    synonyms: imprint
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    act upon, influence, work
    have and exert influence or effect
  10. noun
    any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
    synonyms: configuration, conformation, contour, shape
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    keenness, sharpness
    thinness of edge or fineness of point
    bluntness, dullness
    without sharpness or clearness of edge or point
    topography
    the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
    lobularity
    the property of having lobules
    concaveness, concavity
    the property possessed by a concave shape
    convexity, convexness
    the property possessed by a convex shape
    angularity
    the property possessed by a shape that has angles
    narrowing
    an instance of becoming narrow
    curvature, curve
    the property possessed by the curving of a line or surface
    roundness
    the property possessed by a line or surface that is curved and not angular
    straightness
    freedom from crooks or curves or bends or angles
    crookedness
    having or distinguished by crooks or curves or bends or angles
    stratification
    a layered configuration
    acuteness
    the quality of having a sharp edge or point
    obtuseness
    the quality of lacking a sharp edge or point
    hollowness
    the property of having a sunken area
    bulginess, roundedness
    the property possessed by a rounded convexity
    coarctation
    (biology) a narrowing or constriction of a vessel or canal; especially a congenital narrowing of the aorta
    taper
    the property possessed by a shape that narrows toward a point (as a wedge or cone)
    oblongness, rectangularity
    the property of being shaped like a rectangle
    triangularity
    the property of being shaped like a triangle
    globosity, globularness, rotundity, rotundness, sphericalness, sphericity
    the roundness of a 3-dimensional object
    cylindricality, cylindricalness
    the roundness of a 3-dimensional cylinder
    circularity, disk shape
    the roundness of a 2-dimensional figure
    curliness, waviness
    (of hair) a tendency to curl
    straightness
    (of hair) lack of a tendency to curl
    bottleneck, chokepoint, constriction
    a narrowing that reduces the flow through a channel
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    spatial property, spatiality
    any property relating to or occupying space
  11. noun
    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    synonyms: shape
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    solid
    a three-dimensional shape
    plane, sheet
    (mathematics) an unbounded two-dimensional shape
    natural shape
    a shape created by natural forces; not man-made
    flair, flare
    a shape that spreads outward
    figure
    a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
    line
    a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness; the trace of a moving point
    angular shape, angularity
    a shape having one or more sharp angles
    round shape
    a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
    distorted shape, distortion
    a shape resulting from distortion
    amorphous shape
    an ill-defined or arbitrary shape
    connection, connexion, link
    a connecting shape
    circle
    something approximating the shape of a circle
    square
    something approximating the shape of a square
    triangle
    something approximating the shape of a triangle
    column, pillar, tower
    anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
    plume
    anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
    curve
    a line on a graph representing data
    Cartesian plane
    a plane in which all points can be described in Cartesian coordinates
    facet plane
    the plane of a facet of an object (as of a cube)
    midline, midplane
    the median plane of the body (or some part of the body)
    orbital plane
    (astronomy) the plane on which a body is orbiting
    picture plane
    the plane that is in the foreground of a drawing or painting; coextensive with but different from the objective surface of the work
    tangent plane
    the plane that contains all the lines tangent to a specific point on a surface
    leaf form, leaf shape
    any of the various shape that leaves of plants can assume
    equilateral
    a figure whose sides are all equal
    pencil
    a figure formed by a set of straight lines or light rays meeting at a point
    plane figure, two-dimensional figure
    a two-dimensional shape
    solid figure, three-dimensional figure
    a three-dimensional shape
    subfigure
    a figure that is a part of another figure
    bulb
    anything with a round shape resembling a teardrop
    convex shape, convexity
    a shape that curves or bulges outward
    concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature
    a shape that curves or bends inward
    cylinder
    a solid bounded by a cylindrical surface and two parallel planes (the bases)
    curve, curved shape
    the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes
    straight line
    a line traced by a point traveling in a constant direction; a line of zero curvature
    geodesic, geodesic line
    (mathematics) the shortest line between two points on a mathematically defined surface (as a straight line on a plane or an arc of a great circle on a sphere)
    perimeter
    a line enclosing a plane area
    center line, centerline
    a line that bisects a plane figure
    cone, cone shape, conoid
    a shape whose base is a circle and whose sides taper up to a point
    disc, disk, saucer
    something with a round shape resembling a flat circular plate
    coil, curl, curlicue, gyre, ringlet, roll, scroll, whorl
    a round shape formed by a series of concentric circles (as formed by leaves or flower petals)
    convolution, swirl, vortex, whirl
    the shape of something rotating rapidly
    parallel
    (mathematics) one of a set of parallel geometric figures (parallel lines or planes)
    polyhedron
    a solid figure bounded by plane polygons or faces
    contortion, crookedness, torsion, tortuosity, tortuousness
    a tortuous and twisted shape or position
    buckle, warp
    a shape distorted by twisting or folding
    gnarl, knot
    something twisted and tight and swollen
    forking, furcation
    the place where something divides into branches
    jog
    a sharp change in direction
    zag, zig, zigzag
    an angular shape characterized by sharp turns in alternating directions
    ellipsoid of revolution, spheroid
    a shape that is generated by rotating an ellipse around one of its axes
    sphere
    a three-dimensional closed surface such that every point on the surface is equidistant from the center
    sphere
    a solid figure bounded by a spherical surface (including the space it encloses)
    cylinder
    a surface generated by rotating a parallel line around a fixed line
    toroid, torus
    a ring-shaped surface generated by rotating a circle around an axis that does not intersect the circle
    toroid
    the doughnut-shaped object enclosed by a torus
    columella
    a small column (or structure resembling a column) that is a part of a plant or animal
    hoodoo
    (geology) a column of weathered and unusually shaped rock
    rim
    the shape of a raised edge of a more or less circular object
    bound, boundary, edge
    a line determining the limits of an area
    bend, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication
    an angular or rounded shape made by folding
    shapelessness
    an amorphous or indefinite shape
    blob
    an indistinct shapeless form
    space
    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
    node
    a connecting point at which several lines come together
    articulation, join, joint, junction, juncture
    the shape or manner in which things come together and a connection is made
    cast, mold, mould, stamp
    the distinctive form in which a thing is made
    block, cube
    a three-dimensional shape with six square or rectangular sides
    ovoid
    an egg-shaped object
    frustum
    a truncated cone or pyramid; the part that is left when a cone or pyramid is cut by a plane parallel to the base and the apical part is removed
    tendril
    something long, light, slender, and often curling
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    attribute
    an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
  12. noun
    the visual appearance of something or someone
    synonyms: cast, shape
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    appearance, visual aspect
    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  13. noun
    alternative names for the body of a human being
    synonyms: anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma
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    person
    a human body (usually including the clothing)
    juvenile body
    the body of a young person
    adult body
    the body of an adult human being
    male body
    the body of a male human being
    female body
    the body of a female human being
    child's body
    the body of a human child
    adult female body, woman's body
    the body of an adult woman
    adult male body, man's body
    the body of an adult man
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    body, organic structure, physical structure
    the entire structure of an organism (an animal, plant, or human being)
  14. noun
    a life-size dummy used to display clothes
    synonyms: manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin
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    dummy
    a figure representing the human form
  15. noun
    a mold for setting concrete
    “they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation”
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    cast, mold, mould
    container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens
  16. verb
    make something, usually for a specific function
    Form cylinders from the dough”
    synonyms: forge, mold, mould, shape, work
    process, work, work on
    shape, form, or improve a material
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    carve
    form by carving
    swage, upset
    form metals with a swage
    chip
    form by chipping
    layer
    make or form a layer
    cut out
    form and create by cutting out
    machine
    turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
    grind
    shape or form by grinding
    stamp
    form or cut out with a mold, form, or die
    puddle
    subject to puddling or form by puddling
    beat
    shape by beating
    preform
    form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
    preform
    form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
    mound
    form into a rounded elevation
    hill
    form into a hill
    roughcast
    shape roughly
    remold, reshape
    shape again or shape differently
    sinter
    cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
    cast, mold, mould
    form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
    throw
    make on a potter's wheel
    coil, hand-build, handbuild
    make without a potter's wheel
    sculpt, sculpture
    create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
    model, mold, mould
    form in clay, wax, etc
    hew, hew out
    make or shape as with an axe
    gouge out
    make gouges into a surface
    rabbet
    cut a rectangular groove into
    grave, sculpt, sculpture
    shape (a material like stone or wood) by whittling away at it
    die, die out
    cut or shape with a die
    mound over
    form a mound over
    press, press out
    press from a plastic
    recast, remold, remould
    cast again
    sand cast
    pour molten metal into a mold of sand
    forge, hammer
    create by hammering
    fret
    carve a pattern into
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    create from raw material, create from raw stuff
    make from scratch
  17. verb
    assume a form or shape
    “the water formed little beads”
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    constellate
    form a constellation or cluster
    culminate
    rise to, or form, a summit
    grain, granulate
    form into grains
    conglobate, conglobe
    assume a globular shape
    bunch, bunch up, bundle, clump, cluster
    gather or cause to gather into a cluster
    brecciate
    form into breccia
    reticulate
    divide so as to form a network
    flake
    form into flakes
    head
    form a head or come or grow to a head
    bead
    form into beads, as of water or sweat, for example
    agglomerate
    form into one cluster
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  18. 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
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    versification
    the form or metrical composition of a poem
    poetic rhythm, prosody, rhythmic pattern
    (prosody) a system of versification
    rhyme, rime
    correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
    rhyme scheme
    the pattern of rhymes in a poem or stanza
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    genre, literary genre, writing style
    a style of expressing yourself in writing
  19. noun
    a printed document with spaces in which to write
    “he filled out his tax form
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    application form
    a form to use when making an application
    claim form
    a form to use when filing a claim
    order form
    a form to use when placing an order
    questionnaire
    a form containing a set of questions; submitted to people to gain statistical information
    requisition, requisition form
    an official form on which a request is made
    tax form
    a form to use when paying your taxes
    telegraph form
    a form to use when sending a telegram
    personality assessment, personality inventory
    a questionnaire that is supposed to yield a description of a person's personality traits
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    document, papers, written document
    writing that provides information (especially information of an official nature)
  20. noun
    (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    synonyms: strain, var., variant
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    taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group
    animal or plant group having natural relations
  21. noun
    a body of students who are taught together
    synonyms: class, course, grade
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    master class
    a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
    discussion section, section
    a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
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    assemblage, gathering
    a group of persons together in one place
  22. 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”
    synonyms: descriptor, signifier, word form
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    plural, plural form
    the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
    singular, singular form
    the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
    ghost word
    a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error
    base, radical, root, root word, stem, theme
    (linguistics) the form of a word after all affixes are removed
    etymon, root
    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
    the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
    abbreviation
    a shortened form of a word or phrase
    acronym
    a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name
    apocope
    abbreviation of a word by omitting the final sound or sounds
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    word
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
  23. noun
    an ability to perform well
    “he was at the top of his form
    “the team was off form last night”
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    ability
    the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
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