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form

Definitions

  • Stele in the Form of a Door
    Stele in the Form of a Door
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v form give shape or form to "shape the dough","form the young child's character"
    • v form assume a form or shape "the water formed little beads"
    • v form 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"
    • v form establish or impress firmly in the mind "We imprint our ideas onto our children"
    • v form create (as an entity) "social groups form everywhere","They formed a company"
    • v form to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting" "The branches made a roof","This makes a fine introduction"
    • v form develop into a distinctive entity "our plans began to take shape"
    • n form the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    • n form a mold for setting concrete "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"
    • n form a life-size dummy used to display clothes
    • n form the visual appearance of something or someone "the delicate cast of his features"
    • n form a particular mode in which something is manifested "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
    • n form any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) "he could barely make out their shapes"
    • n form an ability to perform well "he was at the top of his form","the team was off form last night"
    • n form 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"
    • n form a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality "sculpture is a form of art","what kinds of desserts are there?"
    • n form 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"
    • n form 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"
    • n form a printed document with spaces in which to write "he filled out his tax form"
    • n form 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"
    • n form (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups "a new strain of microorganisms"
    • n form a body of students who are taught together "early morning classes are always sleepy"
    • n form (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"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

One of the Forms Of Egyptian Scales One of the Forms Of Egyptian Scales
SobkÛ, the God of The FayÛm, Under The Form Of A Sacred Crocodile SobkÛ, the God of The FayÛm, Under The Form Of A Sacred Crocodile
Forming points with cords Forming points with cords
Scale of forms Scale of forms
Forms of bowls Forms of bowls
Forms of pots Forms of pots
A seated man smokes and forms a letter C A seated man smokes and forms a letter C
A man carries something on a shoulder and forms a letter F A man carries something on a shoulder and forms a letter F

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Britain, one out of every four potatoes is eaten in the form of french fries
    • Form A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society. "Ladies of a high form ."
    • Form A shape; an image; a phantom.
    • Form Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.
    • Form 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."
    • Form 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.
    • Form Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty. "The earth was without form and void.""He hath no form nor comeliness."
    • Form 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."
    • Form (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.
    • Form That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
    • Form (Fine Arts) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
    • Form (Crystallog) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
    • Form (Gram) The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
    • Form (Biol) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
    • Form The seat or bed of a hare. "As in a form sitteth a weary hare."
    • Form 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.""And woven close close, both matter, form, and style."
    • Form (Print) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
    • Form (Gram) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
    • Form 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.""Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind."
    • Form To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion. "God formed man of the dust of the ground.""The thought that labors in my forming brain."
    • Form 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."
    • Form To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form n., 9. "The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers."
    • Form To run to a form, as a hare.
    • Form To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.
    • Form (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Any free-moving liquid in outer space will form itself into a sphere, because of it's surface tension.
    • n form The external shape or configuration of a body; the figure, as defined by lines and surfaces; external appearance considered independently of color or material; in an absolute use, the human figure: as, it was in the form of a circle; a triangular form; the form of the head or of the body; a beautiful or an ugly form.
    • n form Specifically, in crystallography, the complex of planes included under the same general symbol. Thus in the isometric system the most general form is the hexoctahedron, embracing forty-eight similar planes. In the triclinic system a form, even in the most general case, includes only two similar planes, and is called an open form, since it does not represent an inclosed solid or closed form; similarly, the two basal planes in the orthorhombic system constitute a form.
    • n form Attractive appearance; shapeliness; beauty.
    • n form A costume; a special dress: as, a blue silk form.
    • n form A mold, pattern, or model; something to give shape, or on or after which things are fashioned: as, a hatters' or a milliners' form; a form for jelly.
    • n form In printing, an assemblage of types secured in a chase for stereotyping, or of either types or plates for printing. A form may consist of one page or of many pages. For stereotyping, no particular order of arrangement is necessary; for printing, the pages are arranged in such order that in folding the printed sheet they will fall in regular sequence. In book-printing, before the general use of steam presses, two forms (see inner and outer form, below) were usually required for a sheet, one being separately printed on each side; now a single form frequently comprises a whole sheet, the paper being turned end for end for printing the second side. Large newspapers, however, still require two forms. In this sense often spelled forme in Great Britain.
    • n form In milit. engine., same as gabion-form. See gabion.
    • n form In general, arrangement of or relationship between the parts of anything, as distinguished from the parts themselves: opposed to matter, but not properly to substance (unless it be the intention of the writer to identify substance with matter). Thus, to say that the soul was immaterial was formerly considered the same as to say that it was a form. With the older writers form is often synonymous with essence, and has generally lofty associations (thus, the shape of a living being, considered as its perfection, was called its form, while that of a lifeless thing was called its figure, but not its form); and these ideas cling to the word in the minds of later writers, as Kant. But with many modern writers the conception is of something imposed upon the thing from without, and distinct from its life and essence. In metaphysics form denotes a determination, a specializing element, that constituent of a thing by virtue of which it is the kind of thing that it is. In the Platonic philosophy the form is the exemplar according to which a thing is made, or the mold, as it were, in which the thing is cast. In the Aristotelian philosophy form is the developed actuality, matter the undeveloped potentiality; matter is that element by virtue of which the thing is, form is that by which it is as it is—that is, the nature or essence of the thing. In Bacon's philosophy the true form is the physical structure or constitution of anything. In Kant's philosophy form, is that element of an object which is imported into it by the mind: opposed to the matter, which is given in sense. For various other metaphysical applications of the term, see phrases below.
    • n form A specific formation or arrangement; characteristic structure, constitution, or appearance; disposition of parts or conditions.
    • n form Mode or manner of being, action, or manifestation; specific state, condition, determination, variation, or kind: as, water in the form of steam or of ice; electricity is a form of energy; English is a form of German speech; varioloid is a mild form of smallpox; life in all its forms.
    • n form Fixed order or method; systematic or orderly arrangement or proceeding, as to either generals or particulars; system or formula: as, the forms of civilized society; a form of words or of prayer; a rough draft to be reduced to form; a document in due form.
    • n form Specifically, mere manner as opposed to intrinsic qualities; style.
    • n form Formality, or a formality: ceremony.
    • n form Conformity to the conventionalities and usages of society; propriety: chiefly in the phrases good form, bad form.
    • n form Mere appearance; semblance.
    • n form High condition or fitness for any undertaking, as a competition, especially a physical competition; powers of competing.
    • n form In algebra, a quantic in which the variables are considered abstractly with reference only to their mathematical relations in the quantic, and apart from any signification.
    • n form In grammar, a word bearing the sign of a distinct grammatical character, or denoted by its structure as having a particular office.
    • n form In music: The general theory or science of so arranging themes, tonalities, phrases, and sections in a piece that order, symmetry, and correlation of parts may be secured: one of the most important branches of the art of composition.
    • n form The particular rhythmical, melodic, or harmonic disposition or arrangement of tones in a phrase, section, or movement, especially when distinct and regular enough to be known by a special name, as the sonata-form, the rondo-form, etc.
    • n form A blank or schedule to be filled out by the insertion of details; a sample or specimen document calculated to serve as a guide in framing others in like cases: as, a form for a deed, lease, or contract.
    • n form A long seat; a bench.
    • n form A number of pupils sitting together on a bench at school.
    • n form A class or rank of students in a school (especially in England).
    • n form Hence— A class or rank in society.
    • n form The seat or bed of a hare.
    • n form The hares (Lepus Americanus) were very familiar. One had her form under my house all winter, separated from me only by the flooring.
    • n form A particular species or kind; a species of a genus, etc.; any assemblage of similar things constituting a component of a group, especially of a zoölogical group.
    • n form In printing, a form of types in which a page or several pages have been left blank.
    • form To give form to; Shape; mold, To give a figure to; make a figure of; constitute as a figure: as, to form a statue; to form a triangle.
    • form In general, to model, make, or produce by any combination of parts or materials.
    • form Specifically— To arrange; combine in any particular manner; as, he formed his troops into a hollow square.
    • form To model by Instruction and discipline; mold; train.
    • form To devise; conceive; frame; invent; create: as, to form opinions from sound premises; to form an image in the mind.
    • form In grammar, to make, as a word, by derivation or by affixes.
    • form To go to make up; be an element or constituent of; constitute; take the shape of: as, duplicity forms no part of his character; these facts form a safe foundation for our conclusions.
    • form To display so as to communicate the real meaning.
    • form To persuade; bring to do.
    • form To provide with a form, as a hare.
    • form Synonyms To fashion, carve, produce, dispose.
    • form To constitute, compose, make up.
    • form To take or come into form; assume the characteristic or implied figure, appearance, or arrangement: as, the troops formed in columns; ice forms at a temperature of 32°F.
    • form To run for a form, as a hare; squat in a form.
    • form A termination in words of Latin origin, or in words formed like them, meaning ‘-like, -shaped, in the form of’: as, ensiform, sword-like, sword-shaped; falciform, sickle-shaped; vermiform, worm-like; oviform, in the form of an egg.
    • n form A flower-bud of the cotton-plant.
    • form In electricity, to change (the surface of the plates of a secondary or storage-cell) by repeated charge and discharge, so that they are in condition for use.
    • form In electricity, to convert the active material of the positive plate of a storage-cell into lead monoxid or that of the negative plate into spongy lead, either by the action of the charging current or by direct chemical means.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume, and form for 40 years.
    • n Form form shape of a body: the boundary-line of an object: a model: a mould: mode of being: mode of arrangement: order: regularity: system, as of government: beauty or elegance: established practice: ceremony: fitness or efficiency for any undertaking: a blank schedule to be filled in with details: a specimen document to be copied or imitated: :
    • v.t Form to give form or shape to: to make: to contrive: to settle, as an opinion: to combine: to go to make up: to establish:
    • v.i Form to assume a form
    • n Form a derivative
    • n Form form (phil.) the inherent nature of an object, that which the mind itself contributes as the condition of knowing, that in which the essence of a thing consists
    • n Form form (print.) the type from which an impression is to be taken arranged and secured in a chase—often Forme
    • v.t Form (gram.) to make by derivation
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Character is another thing that is formed in youth and reformed in marriage.”
  • Marvin J. Ashton
    Marvin J. Ashton
    “Pleasure usually takes the form of me and now; joy is us and always.”
  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis good works make the man.”
  • Woodrow T. Wilson
    Woodrow%20T.%20Wilson
    “Democracy is not so much a form of government as a set of principles.”
  • Lord Byron
    Lord%20Byron
    “A thousand years may scare form a state. An hour may lay it in ruins.”
  • Graham Greene
    Graham%20Greene
    “Failure too is a form of death...”

Idioms

In perfect form - When something is as it ought to be. Or, when used cynically, it may refer to someone whose excesses are on display; a caricature.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. & F. forme, fr. L. forma,; cf. Skr. dhariman,. Cf. Firm

Usage

In literature:

A form was before the window; a marvellous form.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
The desirable type of acid-forming bacteria do not form spores; hence, are easily killed by heating the milk.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
In other words, water-formed rocks are baked until they become fire-formed rocks.
"Earth and Sky Every Child Should Know" by Julia Ellen Rogers
It is difficult to form an exact judgment of Eeckhout's qualities at the outset of his career.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
They will grow away readily, and soon form good trees or shrubs as the case may be.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook
Gage ordered his men to fix bayonets and form in order of battle.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
They must form a strong union or leave themselves at the mercy of ambitious foes.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
Common camphor forms a translucent mass of hexagonal prisms, melting at 175 deg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 2" by Various
Forms of Troubadour Poetry.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
Just as several genres form a phratry so in the classical form several phratries form a tribe.
"The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State" by Frederick Engels
On cooling them he found that the oxide formed by this process had taken the form of the plants.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The whole form sat in rigid stillness; and the mistress put her question in a slightly different form.
"Just Gerry" by Christine Chaundler
In cases where but one form is preserved, that form is not necessarily the singular one.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
A mound of maiden-hair ferns formed the centerpiece.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
Examine a cocoon, noting its outer form and structure, and look for an opening at the top.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
By the decree of 1903 the school forms part of the University of Paris.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The more elaborate sketch which forms the frontispiece represents a machine of similar character.
"A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine" by Robert H. Thurston
Invariably, the new form is an improvement on the older and more stilted form.
"Book of Etiquette" by Lillian Eichler
The artistic form is the monologue, however conscious or unconscious may have been the author's adoption of the form.
"Browning and the Dramatic Monologue" by S. S. Curry
Criminals form a variety of the human family quite distinct from law-abiding men.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
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In poetry:

And loudly did he shriek, for lo!
A Spirit met his view,
And Eberhard in the angel form
His own Donica knew.
"Donica - A Ballad" by Robert Southey
Where is my brother? Can it be,
That we shall never more
Behold his form upon the earth,
As oft, so oft, before.
"Where Is Our Brother?" by James Avis Bartley
"When you awake next day, I trow,
You'll look in form and hue
To others just as you do now -
But not to PILLALOO!
"The Cunning Woman" by William Schwenck Gilbert
He saw a happy woman lie
Her true man's form beside;
And laugh as on the bed they tossed
A smiling child in pride.
"Dunolly's Daughter" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Can any think that God should take
That pains, to form a man
So like himself, only to make
Him here a moment stand?
"An Introduction To The Ensuing Discourse." by John Bunyan
An air of peace and happiness
Pervaded all the scene;
The tall trees formed a back ground
Of rich and varied green;
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley

In news:

Are They an Art Form or a Craft.
In that way, defining whether wine is art is not easy, or whether winemaking is an art form .
The Memoir as Art Form .
With coming season, 'We Always Swing' jazz series seeks to further America's art form .
Noted muralist returns home to Grand Junction to revive his art form .
NYC's exotic dance scene weighs in: Is stripping an art form .
One cartoonist has elevated that humor to an art form, using his pen to poke fun and make a powerful point.
Eli Manning has turned 'aw, shucks' into an art form .
Pumpkin sculptors create eerie art form .
Stained-glass artist offers kaleidoscopic view of her art form .
Raising stupidity to an art form .
The Light Bulb as Art Form .
OurWeekly > issues-archive > bargain-hunting-raised- art-form .
SF designers create new art form with music, images.
Elevating Butter to an Art Form .
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In science:

Therefore, dimk T = 4 and T is endowed with a nondegenerate symmetric bilinear form (.|.), invariant under inder(T ), as so does V ⊗ V with respect to sp(V ) ⊕ sp(V ) (the symmetric bilinear form is just the tensor product of the alternating forms on each copy of V ).
New simple Lie superalgebras in characteristic 3
For convenience, the basis used here corresponds to that presented in, so that the eight forms will be presented as a set of four real 1-forms and two complex 1-forms.
On global models for isolated rotating axisymmetric charged bodies; uniqueness of the exterior field
Since harmonic forms are closed then if γk is harmonic and dγk = 0 hence (βk+1, dγk ) = (δβk+1, γk ) = 0 showing the mutual orthogonality between coexact and harmonic forms. likewise δγk = 0 hence (αk−1, δγk ) = (dαk−1, γk ) = 0 showing the mutual orthogonality between exact and harmonic forms.
The Signature of a Manifold
Hence, Poisson’s equation △ψ = ω − P ω has a solution that can be written as ψ = △−1 (ω − P ω ) In conclusion, it makes sense to write ω = △ψ + P ω = (dδ + δd)ψ + P ω = d(δψ) + δ(dψ) + P ω that reads: any form can be orthogonally decomposed as a sum of an exact form plus a coexact form plus a harmonic form.
The Signature of a Manifold
The first requirement is automatically fulfilled because any harmonic form is closed and the second relies on the fact that harmonic forms and exact forms are orthogonal one to another.
The Signature of a Manifold
Indeed, over p−forms ∗ produces an (n-p)-form over which d produces a (n − p + 1)-form and hence δ = − ∗ d∗ produces a n − (n − p + 1)-form or a p − 1 form.
The Signature of a Manifold
We know that if J = in/2+p(p−1)∗ operates over p-forms, it produces n − p-forms, so a new application of J operates over (n − p)-forms and hence J takes the form J = in/2+(n−p)(n−p−1)∗.
The Signature of a Manifold
Since H 1 (Gal, On ( ¯F)) is in canonical bijective correspondence with classes of non-degenerate bilinear forms in n variables over F (see, e.g., ), we find that all F-forms of H (m, n) and K (m, n) are defined by the action on supersymplectic and supercontact forms over F, respectively.
Automorphisms and forms of simple infinite-dimensional linearly compact Lie superalgebras
For a canonical form of the matrix of the form B, one usually takes J2n for the skew forms and 1n, Πn or S (n) for symmetric forms, see [FH].
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
The Arf invariant, however, can not be used for classification of symmetric bilinear forms because one symmetric bilinear form can serve as the polar form for two non-equivalent (and having different Arf invariants) quadratic forms.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
Albert also gave some results on the classification of quadratic forms over a field K of characteristic 2 (considered as elements of the quotient space of all bilinear forms by the space of symmetric alternate forms).
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
If p = 2, there is no canonical way 3.1 Non-symmetric bilinear forms: Discussion. to separate symmetric part of a given bilinear form from its non-symmetric part, so in this subsection B is just a non-symmetric form.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
Instead of considering non-symmetric forms individually, we can consider the quotient space N B (n) of the space of all forms modulo the space of symmetric forms.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
This expression (with L in the Jordan normal form) can be considered as a canonical form of a non-degenerate odd bilinear form.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
Since, by definition, two 1-forms that correspond to 1-(super)form-equivalent bilinear forms can be transformed into each other by a change of coordinates, we are done.
Non-degenerate bilinear forms in characteristic 2, related contact forms, simple Lie algebras and superalgebras
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