What is formation?

  • (noun): Creation by mental activity.
    Example: "The formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on formation, formations:

Gibbs Free Energy - Standard Energy Change of Formation
... The standard Gibbs free energy of formation of a compound is the change of Gibbs free energy that accompanies the formation of 1 mole of that substance from its component elements, at ... etc.) have 0 standard Gibbs free energy change of formation, as there is no change involved ...
1st Armoured Division (United Kingdom) - Formation
... As formed the Mobile Division was made up of the 1st and 2nd Light Armoured Brigades, the 1st Tank Brigade, artillery, engineers and signals ... Its paper strength was 620 armoured fighting vehicles, but seven eighths of these were reconnaissance vehicles, and of those some were being simulated by trucks ...
French Second Republic - History - Formation
... This provisional government with Dupont de l'Eure as its president, consisted of Lamartine for foreign affairs, Crémieux for justice, Ledru-Rollin for the interior, Carnot for public instruction, Goudchaux for finance, Arago for the navy, and Burdeau for war ... Garnier-Pagès was mayor of Paris ...
Chase County, Nebraska - Geography
... Rolling Sandhills formations are found in the north-central and southwestern areas of the county ... At Enders Dam this formation is found at a depth of 175 feet (53 m) below the valley floor ... The Ogallala Formation of Pliocene Age overlies the Pierre Shale ...
Gastrulation - In Amniotes - Formation of The Primitive Streak
... Formation of the primitive streak is reliant upon nodal signaling within the cells contributing to the primitive streak and BMP4 signaling from the extraembryonic tissue ... that will establish bilateral symmetry, determine the site of gastrulation and initiate germ layer formation ... cells will ingress and migrate during the process of gastrulation and germ layer formation ...

More definitions of "formation":

  • (noun): An arrangement of people or things acting as a unit.
    Example: "A defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
  • (noun): Natural process that causes something to form.
    Example: "The formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
  • (noun): The fabrication of something in a particular shape.
    Synonyms: shaping
  • (noun): A particular spatial arrangement.

Famous quotes containing the word formation:

    The formation of an oppositional world view is necessary for feminist struggle. This means that the world we have most intimately known, the world in which we feel “safe” ... must be radically changed. Perhaps it is the knowledge that everyone must change, not just those we label enemies or oppressors, that has so far served to check our revolutionary impulses.
    Bell (c. 1955)

    That for which Paul lived and died so gloriously; that for which Jesus gave himself to be crucified; the end that animated the thousand martyrs and heroes who have followed his steps, was to redeem us from a formal religion, and teach us to seek our well-being in the formation of the soul.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.
    Aristotle (384–322 B.C.)