What is form?

  • (noun): A perceptual structure.
    Example: "The composition presents problems for students of musical form"
    Synonyms: shape, pattern
    See also — Additional definitions below

Form

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

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Polyandry
... Polyandry (Greek poly—many, andras—man) is a form of polygamy whereby a woman takes two or more husbands at the same time ... For example, the form of polyandry in which a woman is married to two or more brothers is known as fraternal polyandry, and it is believed by many anthropologists to be the most frequently ...
Emulsion - Appearance and Properties - Instability
... describes the process by which the dispersed phase comes out of suspension in the form of flakes ... Coalescence is another form of instability - small droplets bump into each other within the media volume and continuously combine to form progressively larger droplets ...
Q1 (building) - Design and Construction
... Tower was designed by Atelier SDG, and its form was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic torch and the Sydney Opera House ... and tension in which a series of ribbons wrap concentrically around the tower form and hover above the entry plaza area providing cover and shading ... The tension in the movement and free form are expressed by the gradual twisting of the aluminium-clad ribbons as they move around the building ...
Angles - Name
... The name of the Angles is first recorded in Latinized form, as Anglii, in the Germania of Tacitus ... simplified the Latinized name Anglii to Angli, the latter form developing into the preferred form of the word ... kin) to describe England and the English people Bede used Angelfolc (-folk) there are also such forms as Engel, Englan (the people), Englaland, and ...
Pythagorean Theorem - Generalizations - Non-Euclidean Geometry - Hyperbolic Geometry
... sides a, b, c and with side c opposite a right angle, the relation between the sides takes the form where cosh is the hyperbolic cosine ... This formula is a special form of the hyperbolic law of cosines that applies to all hyperbolic triangles with γ the angle at the vertex opposite the side c ... approach zero), the hyperbolic relation for a right triangle approaches the form of Pythagoras' theorem ...

More definitions of "form":

  • (noun): (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups.
    Synonyms: variant, strain, var.
  • (verb): Create (as an entity).
    Example: "Social groups form everywhere"
    Synonyms: organize, organise
  • (verb): Give shape to.
    Example: "Form the clay into a head"
  • (verb): Make something, usually for a specific function.
    Example: "Form cylinders from the dough"
    Synonyms: shape, work, mold, mould, forge
  • (noun): A body of students who are taught together.
    Synonyms: class, grade
  • (noun): An ability to perform well.
    Example: "He was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"
  • (noun): (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.
    Synonyms: phase
  • (noun): A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality.
    Example: "Sculpture is a form of art"
    Synonyms: kind, sort, variety
  • (noun): A mold for setting concrete.
    Example: "They built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"
  • (noun): The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance.
    Synonyms: shape
  • (noun): A particular mode in which something is manifested.
    Example: "His resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
  • (noun): A printed document with spaces in which to write.
    Example: "He filled out his tax form"
  • (verb): Establish or impress firmly in the mind.
    Synonyms: imprint
  • (noun): The phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something.
    Synonyms: word form, signifier, descriptor
  • (verb): Give a shape or form to.
    Synonyms: shape
  • (noun): An arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse.
    Example: "The essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"
  • (noun): The visual appearance of something or someone.
    Synonyms: shape, cast

Famous quotes containing the word form:

    Fantasy is a product of thought, Imagination of sensibility. If the thinking, discursive mind turns to speculation, the result is Fantasy; if, however, the sensitive, intuitive mind turns to speculation, the result is Imagination. Fantasy may be visionary, but it is cold and logical. Imagination is sensuous and instinctive. Both have form, but the form of Fantasy is analogous to Exposition, that of Imagination to Narrative.
    Sir Herbert Read (1893–1968)

    A criminal trial is like a Russian novel: it starts with exasperating slowness as the characters are introduced to a jury, then there are complications in the form of minor witnesses, the protagonist finally appears and contradictions arise to produce drama, and finally as both jury and spectators grow weary and confused the pace quickens, reaching its climax in passionate final argument.
    Clifford Irving (b. 1930)

    Once out of nature I shall never take
    My bodily form from any natural thing,
    But such a form as Grecian goldsmiths make
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)