English dictionary



Hint: With the Firefox addon you can search this dictionary from the browsers search field.

English noun: form

1. form (communication) the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something


SamplesThe inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached.


Synonymsdescriptor, signifier, word form


Broader (hypernym)word


Narrower (hyponym)abbreviation, acronym, base, citation form, entry word, etymon, ghost word, main entry word, plural, plural form, radical, root, root, root word, singular, singular form, stem, theme


Domain categorylinguistics

2. form (cognition) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality


SamplesSculpture is a form of art.
What kinds of desserts are there?.


Synonymskind, sort, variety


Broader (hypernym)category


Narrower (hyponym)antitype, art form, brand, color, colour, description, flavor, flavour, genre, genus, ilk, like, like, make, manner, model, species, stripe, style, the like, the likes of, type

3. form (cognition) a perceptual structure


SamplesThe composition presents problems for students of musical form.
A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them.


Synonymspattern, shape


Broader (hypernym)structure


Narrower (hyponym)fractal, gestalt, grid, kaleidoscope, mosaic, strand


Part meronympercept, perception, perceptual experience

4. form (attribute) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)


SamplesHe could barely make out their shapes.


Synonymsconfiguration, conformation, contour, shape


Broader (hypernym)spatial property, spatiality


Narrower (hyponym)angularity, bluntness, concaveness, concavity, convexity, convexness, crookedness, curvature, curve, dullness, keenness, lobularity, narrowing, roundness, sharpness, straightness, stratification, topography


Attributecrooked, straight

5. form (body) alternative names for the body of a human being


SamplesLeonardo studied the human body.
He has a strong physique.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.


Synonymsanatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, frame, human body, material body, physical body, physique, shape, soma


Broader (hypernym)body, organic structure, physical structure


Narrower (hyponym)adult body, female body, juvenile body, male body, person


Part meronymhomo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul

6. form the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance


SamplesGeometry is the mathematical science of shape.


Synonymsshape


Broader (hypernym)attribute


Narrower (hyponym)amorphous shape, angular shape, angularity, circle, column, connection, connexion, distorted shape, distortion, figure, flair, flare, line, link, natural shape, pillar, plane, plume, round shape, sheet, solid, square, tower, triangle

7. form (attribute) the visual appearance of something or someone


SamplesThe delicate cast of his features.


Synonymscast, shape


Broader (hypernym)appearance, visual aspect

8. form (communication) a printed document with spaces in which to write


SamplesHe filled out his tax form.


Broader (hypernym)document, papers, written document


Narrower (hyponym)application form, claim form, order form, questionnaire, requisition, requisition form, tax form, telegraph form


Part holonymblank space, place, space

9. form (group) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups


SamplesA new strain of microorganisms.


Synonymsstrain, var., variant


Broader (hypernym)taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group


Member meronymspecies


Domain categorybiological science, biology

10. form (communication) an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse


SamplesThe essay was in the form of a dialogue.
He first sketches the plot in outline form.


Broader (hypernym)genre, literary genre, writing style


Narrower (hyponym)versification

11. form (attribute) a particular mode in which something is manifested


SamplesHis resentment took the form of extreme hostility.


Broader (hypernym)fashion, manner, mode, style, way

12. form (state) (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


SamplesThe reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system.


Synonymsphase


Broader (hypernym)state, state of matter


Narrower (hyponym)dispersed particles, dispersed phase, dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium


Domain categoryphysical chemistry

13. form (group) a body of students who are taught together


SamplesEarly morning classes are always sleepy.


Synonymsclass, course, grade


Broader (hypernym)assemblage, gathering


Narrower (hyponym)discussion section, master class, section

14. form (attribute) an ability to perform well


SamplesHe was at the top of his form.
The team was off form last night.


Broader (hypernym)ability

15. form (artifact) a life-size dummy used to display clothes


Synonymsmanakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin


Broader (hypernym)dummy

16. form (artifact) a mold for setting concrete


SamplesThey built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation.


Broader (hypernym)cast, mold, mould


English verb: form

1. form (social) create (as an entity)


SamplesSocial groups form everywhere.
They formed a company.


Synonymsorganise, organize


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)create, make


Narrower (hyponym)choose up, draw up, regiment, regroup, reorganise, reorganize, syndicate

2. form (stative) to compose or represent:


SamplesThis wall forms the background of the stage setting.
The branches made a roof.
This makes a fine introduction.


Synonymsconstitute, make


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent


Narrower (hyponym)add, chelate

3. form (stative) develop into a distinctive entity


SamplesOur plans began to take shape.


Synonymsspring, take form, take shape


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)become


Narrower (hyponym)regenerate

4. form (change) give shape or form to


SamplesShape the dough.
Form the young child's character.


Synonymsshape


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)block, block, blow, circle, crystalise, crystalize, crystallise, crystallize, cup, deform, dimension, dish, distort, draw, encircle, fit, flatten, fork, individuate, plume, ridge, roll, round, round off, round out, scallop, scollop, sliver, square, square up, strain, strike, tabulate, terrace, tie, turn, twist

5. form (creation) make something, usually for a specific function


SamplesShe molded the rice balls carefully.
Form cylinders from the dough.
Shape a figure.
Work the metal into a sword.


Synonymsforge, mold, mould, shape, work


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)create from raw material, create from raw stuff


Narrower (hyponym)beat, carve, cast, chip, coil, cut out, grind, hand-build, handbuild, hill, layer, machine, model, mold, mold, mould, mould, mound, preform, preform, puddle, remold, reshape, roughcast, sculpt, sculpture, sinter, stamp, swage, throw, upset


Verb groupprocess, work, work on

6. form (social) establish or impress firmly in the mind


SamplesWe imprint our ideas onto our children.


Synonymsimprint


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something on somebody


Broader (hypernym)act upon, influence, work

7. form (change) assume a form or shape


SamplesThe water formed little beads.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)change


Narrower (hyponym)bead, brecciate, bunch, bunch up, bundle, clump, cluster, conglobate, conglobe, constellate, culminate, flake, grain, granulate, head, reticulate









Based on WordNet 3.0 copyright © Princeton University.
Web design: Orcapia v/Per Bang. English edition: .
2017 onlineordbog.dk