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English noun: formation

1. formation (group) an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit


SamplesA defensive formation.
A formation of planes.


Broader (hypernym)arrangement


Narrower (hyponym)backfield, center, flank, flight, head, line, line, military formation, rear, secondary, wing

2. formation (act) the act of fabricating something in a particular shape


Synonymsshaping


Broader (hypernym)fabrication, manufacture, manufacturing


Narrower (hyponym)filing, forging, granulation, grooving, metalwork, metalworking, rifling, turning

3. formation (act) the act of forming or establishing something


SamplesThe constitution of a PTA group last year.
It was the establishment of his reputation.
He still remembers the organization of the club.


Synonymsconstitution, establishment, organisation, organization


Broader (hypernym)beginning, commencement, start


Narrower (hyponym)collectivisation, collectivization, colonisation, colonization, communisation, communization, federation, settlement, unionisation, unionization

4. formation (object) (geology) the geological features of the earth


Synonymsgeological formation


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object


Narrower (hyponym)aquifer, beach, cave, chain, chain of mountains, cliff, crater, delta, depression, diapir, drop, drop-off, elevation, folium, foreshore, fountain, groundwater level, ice mass, incline, lakefront, massif, mineral vein, monocline, mountain chain, mountain range, mouth, natural depression, natural elevation, natural spring, oceanfront, outflow, outpouring, range, range of mountains, relict, ridge, ridge, ridgeline, scree, shore, side, slope, spring, talus, vein, volcanic crater, wall, water level, water table


Instance hyponymPillars of Hercules


Domain categorygeology

5. formation (artifact) a particular spatial arrangement


Broader (hypernym)arrangement, placement


Narrower (hyponym)raster, rig, rigging, split

6. formation (process) natural process that causes something to form


SamplesThe formation of gas in the intestine.
The formation of crystals.
The formation of pseudopods.


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)encrustation, incrustation, reticulation

7. formation (act) creation by mental activity


SamplesThe formation of sentences.
The formation of memories.


Broader (hypernym)creating by mental acts


Narrower (hyponym)affixation









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