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Definition of form:

  1. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
  2. A shape; an image; a phantom.
  3. A suffix used to denote in the shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.
  4. Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.
  5. Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.
  6. 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.
  7. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.
  8. Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.
  9. 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.
  10. That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
  11. The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
  12. The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
  13. The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
  14. The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
  15. The seat or bed of a hare.
  16. 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.
  17. The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
  18. To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
  19. 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.
  20. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
  21. 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.
  22. To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
  23. To run to a form, as a hare.
  24. To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.


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