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  • a mold for setting concrete
    • they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
  • a life-size dummy used to display clothes
  • an ability to perform well
    • he was at the top of his form
    • the team was off form last night
  • a body of students who are taught together
    • early morning classes are always sleepy
  • (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
    • the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system
  • a particular mode in which something is manifested
    • his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
  • an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
    • the essay was in the form of a dialogue
    • he first sketches the plot in outline form
  • (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
    • a new strain of microorganisms
  • a printed document with spaces in which to write
    • he filled out his tax form
  • the visual appearance of something or someone
    • the delicate cast of his features
  • the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    • geometry is the mathematical science of shape
  • alternative names for the body of a human being
    • Leonardo studied the human body
    • he has a strong physique
    • the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
  • any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
    • he could barely make out their shapes
  • a perceptual structure
    • the composition presents problems for students of musical form
    • a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them
  • a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    • sculpture is a form of art
    • what kinds of desserts are there?
  • the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    • the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
  • assume a form or shape
    • the water formed little beads
  • establish or impress firmly in the mind
    • We imprint our ideas onto our children
  • make something, usually for a specific function
    • She molded the rice balls carefully
    • Form cylinders from the dough
    • shape a figure
    • Work the metal into a sword
  • give shape or form to
    • shape the dough
    • form the young child's character
  • develop into a distinctive entity
    • our plans began to take shape
  • to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"
    • The branches made a roof
    • This makes a fine introduction
  • create (as an entity)
    • social groups form everywhere
    • They formed a company
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