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|
|Samples||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|
|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|
|2.||form (cognition) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality|
|Samples||Sculpture is a form of art.|
What kinds of desserts are there?.
|Synonyms||kind, sort, variety|
|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|
|Samples||The composition presents problems for students of musical form.|
A visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them.
|Narrower (hyponym)||fractal, gestalt, grid, kaleidoscope, mosaic, strand|
|Part meronym||percept, perception, perceptual experience|
|4.||form (attribute) any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)|
|Samples||He could barely make out their shapes.|
|Synonyms||configuration, 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|
|5.||form (body) alternative names for the body of a human being|
|Samples||Leonardo studied the human body.|
He has a strong physique.
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
|Synonyms||anatomy, 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 meronym||homo, human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul|
|6.||form the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance|
|Samples||Geometry is the mathematical science of shape.|
|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|
|Samples||The delicate cast of his features.|
|Broader (hypernym)||appearance, visual aspect|
|8.||form (communication) a printed document with spaces in which to write|
|Samples||He 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 holonym||blank space, place, space|
|9.||form (group) (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups|
|Samples||A new strain of microorganisms.|
|Synonyms||strain, var., variant|
|Broader (hypernym)||taxon, taxonomic category, taxonomic group|
|Domain category||biological science, biology|
|10.||form (communication) an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse|
|Samples||The essay was in the form of a dialogue.|
He first sketches the plot in outline form.
|Broader (hypernym)||genre, literary genre, writing style|
|11.||form (attribute) a particular mode in which something is manifested|
|Samples||His 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|
|Samples||The reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system.|
|Broader (hypernym)||state, state of matter|
|Narrower (hyponym)||dispersed particles, dispersed phase, dispersing medium, dispersing phase, dispersion medium|
|Domain category||physical chemistry|
|13.||form (group) a body of students who are taught together|
|Samples||Early morning classes are always sleepy.|
|Synonyms||class, course, grade|
|Broader (hypernym)||assemblage, gathering|
|Narrower (hyponym)||discussion section, master class, section|
|14.||form (attribute) an ability to perform well|
|Samples||He was at the top of his form.|
The team was off form last night.
|15.||form (artifact) a life-size dummy used to display clothes|
|Synonyms||manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin|
|16.||form (artifact) a mold for setting concrete|
|Samples||They built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation.|
|Broader (hypernym)||cast, mold, mould|
English verb: form
|1.||form (social) create (as an entity)|
|Samples||Social groups form everywhere.|
They formed a company.
|Pattern of use||Something ----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:|
|Samples||This wall forms the background of the stage setting.|
The branches made a roof.
This makes a fine introduction.
|Pattern of use||Something ----s something|
|Broader (hypernym)||be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent|
|Narrower (hyponym)||add, chelate|
|3.||form (stative) develop into a distinctive entity|
|Samples||Our plans began to take shape.|
|Synonyms||spring, take form, take shape|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s.|
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP
|4.||form (change) give shape or form to|
|Samples||Shape the dough.|
Form the young child's character.
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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|
|Samples||She molded the rice balls carefully.|
Form cylinders from the dough.
Shape a figure.
Work the metal into a sword.
|Synonyms||forge, mold, mould, shape, work|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----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 group||process, work, work on|
|6.||form (social) establish or impress firmly in the mind|
|Samples||We imprint our ideas onto our children.|
|Pattern of use||Somebody ----s something on somebody|
|Broader (hypernym)||act upon, influence, work|
|7.||form (change) assume a form or shape|
|Samples||The water formed little beads.|
|Pattern of use||Something ----s|
|Narrower (hyponym)||bead, brecciate, bunch, bunch up, bundle, clump, cluster, conglobate, conglobe, constellate, culminate, flake, grain, granulate, head, reticulate|