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Form refers to the shape, visual appearance, or configuration of an object.

Form may also refer to:

  • Form, a shallow depression or flattened nest of grass used by a hare
  • Form (document), a document (printed or electronic) with spaces in which to write or enter data
  • Form (education), a class, set or group of students
  • Form (exercise), a proper way of performing an exercise
  • Form (horse racing), a record of a racehorse's performance
  • Form (religion), an academic term for prescriptions or norms on religious practice
  • Musical form, a generic type of composition or the structure of a particular piece
  • FORM, an American architecture magazine

Biology:

Computing:

  • Form (web), a document form used on a web page to, typically, submit user data to a server
  • Form (programming), a component-based representation of a GUI window
  • Form (computer virus), the most common computer virus of the 1990s
  • Oracle Forms, a Rapid Application Development environment for developing database applications
  • Windows Forms
  • XForms, an XML format for the specification of user interfaces, specifically web forms
  • Trapcode Form, a motion graphic editing plug-in from Red Giant Software

Martial arts:

  • Kata (型 or 形), the detailed pattern of defence-and-attack
  • Taeguk (Taekwondo) (형), the "forms" used to create a foundation for the teaching of Taekwondo
  • Taolu (套路), forms used in Chinese martial arts and sport wushu

Mathematics:

  • Algebraic form (homogeneous polynomial), which generalises quadratic forms to degrees 3 and more, also known as quantics or simply forms
  • Bilinear form, on a vector space V over a field F is a mapping V × VF that is linear in both arguments
  • Differential form, a concept from differential topology that combines multi linear forms and smooth functions
  • Indeterminate form, an algebraic expression that cannot be used to evaluate a limit
  • Modular form, a (complex) analytic function on the upper half plane satisfying a certain kind of functional equation and growth condition
  • Multilinear form, which generalises bilinear forms to mappings VNF
  • Quadratic form, a homogeneous polynomial of degree two in a number of variables

Philosophy:

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Most common English words: door « round « kind « #278: form » hundred » believe » white

Etymology

< Middle English forme (shape, figure, manner, bench, frame, seat, condition, agreement, etc.) < Old French forme < Latin forma (shape, figure, image, outline, plan, mold, frame, case, etc., manner, sort, kind, etc.)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
form

Plural
forms

form (plural forms)

  1. The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
  2. A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
  3. An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
  4. A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.
    To apply for the position, complete the application form.
  5. (grammar) A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages.
  6. Characteristics not involving atomic components.
  7. (uncountable, British) A criminal record.
    "Jim has form."
  8. (British, education, dated) A class or year of students (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in sixth form).
    • 1928, George Bickerstaff, The mayor, and other folk
      One other day after afternoon school, Mr. Percival came behind me and put his hand on me. " Let me see, what's your name ? Which form are you in ?...
    • 1976, Ronald King, School and college: studies of post-sixteen education
      From the sixth form will come the scholars and the administrators.

Synonyms

  • figure, used when discussing people, not animals
  • shape, used on animals and on persons

Related terms

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to form

Third person singular
forms

Simple past
formed

Past participle
formed

Present participle
forming

to form (third-person singular simple present forms, present participle forming, simple past and past participle formed)

  1. (transitive) To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).
  2. (intransitive) To take shape.
  3. (Can we verify(+) this sense?) To develop a conception in mind.
    When he saw the wreck, he formed the crash in his imagination.
  4. (transitive, grammar) To change a word by inflection.
    By adding -ness, you can form a noun of an adjective.

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Translations

External links

  • form in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • form in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams

  • Anagrams of fmor
  • from

Swedish

Pronunciation

Noun

Inflection for form Singular Plural
common Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Base form form formen former formerna
Possessive form forms formens formers formernas

form c.

  1. shape

Simple English

Form (Lat. forma Eng. mould), refers to the external three-dimensional outline, appearance or configuration of some thing - in contrast to the matter or content or substance of which it is mainly composed (compare with shape).








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