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FORM, n. [L. forma.]1. The shape or external appearance of a body; the figure, as defined by lines and angles; that manner of being peculiar to each body, which exhibits it to the eye as distinct from every other body. Thus we speak of the form of a circle, the form of a square or triangle, a circular form, the form of the head or of the human body, a handsome form, an ugly form, a frightful form.Matter is the basis or substratum of bodies, form is the particular disposition of matter in each body which distinguishes its appearance from that of every other body.The form of his visage was changed. Dan. 3.After that he appeared in another form to two of them, as they walked. Mark 16.2. Manner of arranging particulars; disposition of particular things; as a form of words or expressions.3. Model; draught; pattern.Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me. 2Tim. 1.4. Beauty; elegance; splendor; dignity.He hath no form nor comeliness. Isa. 53.5. Regularity; method; order. This is a rough draught to be reduced to form.6. External appearance without the essential qualities; empty show.7. Stated method; established practice; ritual or prescribed mode; as the forms of public worship; the forms of judicial proceeding; forms of civility.8. Ceremony; as, it is a mere matter of form.9. Determinate shape.The earth was without form, and void. Gen. 1.
FORM, n. [L. forma; Fr. forme; Sp. forma, horma; It. forma; Ir. foirm; D. vorm; G. form; Sw. and Dan. form. The root of this word is not certainly known. The primary sense is probably to set, to fix, to fit. The D. vormen, is rendered, to form, to shape, to mold, to confirm; and form may be allied to firm.]
- The shape or external appearance of a body; the figure, as defined by lines and angles; that manner of being peculiar to each body, which exhibits it to the eye as distinct from every other body. Thus we speak of the form of a circle, the form of a square or triangle, a circular form, the
form of the head or of the human body, a handsome form, an ugly form, a frightful form.
Matter is the basis or substratum of bodies; form is the particular disposition of matter in each body which distinguishes its appearance from that of every other body.
The form of his visage was changed. Dan. iii.
After that he appeared in another form to two of them, as they walked. Mark xvi.
- Manner of arranging particulars; disposition of particular things; as, a form of words or expressions.
- Model; draught; pattern.
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast beard of me. 2 Tim. i.
- Beauty; elegance; splendor; dignity.
He hath no form nor comeliness. Is. liii.
- Regularity; method; order. This is a rough draught to be reduced to form.
- External appearance without the essential qualities; empty show.
Having the farm of godliness, but denying the power thereat 2 Tim. ii.
- Stated method; established practice; ritual or prescribed mode; as, the forms of public worship; the forms of judicial proceeding; forms of civility.
- Ceremony; as, it is a mere matter of form.
- Determinate shape.
The earth was without form, and void. Gen. i.
- Likeness; image.
Who, being in the form of God –. Phil. ii.
He took on him the form of a servant. Ibm.
- Manner; system; as, a form of government; a monarchical or republican form.
- Manner of arrangement; disposition of component parts; as, the interior form or structure of the flesh or bones, or of other bodies.
- A long seat; a bench without a back. Watts.
- In schools, a class; a rank of students. Dryden.
- The seat or bed of a hare. Prior.
- A mold; something to give shape, or on which things are fashioned. Encyc.
- In printing, an assemblage of types, composed and arranged in order, disposed into pages or columns, and inclosed and locked in a chase, to receive an impression.
- Essential form, is that mode of existence which constitutes a thing what it is, and without which it could not exist. Thus water and light have each its particular form of existence, and the parts of water being decomposed, it ceases to be water. Accidental form is not necessary to the existence of a body. Earth is earth still, whatever may be its color.
To take a form.
FORM, v.t. [L. formo.]
- To make or cause to exist in a particular manner.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground. Gen. ii.
- To shape; to mold or fashion into a particular shape or state; as, to form an image of stone or clay.
- To plan to scheme; to modify. Dryden.
- To arrange; to combine in a particular manner; as, to form a line or square of troops.
- To adjust; to settle.
Our differences with the Romanists are thus formed Into an interest. Decay of Piety.
- To contrive; to invent; as, to form a design or scheme.
- To make up; to frame; to settle by deductions of reason; as, to form an opinion or judgment; to form an estimate.
- To mold; to model by instruction and discipline; as, to form the mind to virtuous habits by education.
- To combine; to unite individuals into a collective body; as, to form a society for missions.
- To make; to establish. The subscribers are formed by law into a corporation. They have formed regulations for their government.
- To compile; as, to form a body of laws or customs; to form a digest.
- To constitute; to make. Duplicity forms no part of his character. These facts form a safe foundation for our conclusions. The senate and house of representatives form the legislative body.
- In grammar, to make by derivation, or by affixes or prefixes. L. do, in the preterit, forms dedi.
- To enact; to make; to ordain; as, to form a law or an edict.
- A suffix used to denote in the form or
shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform;
- The shape and structure of
anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed;
particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it
individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure;
- To give form or shape to] to frame; to
construct; to make; to fashion.
take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should
form in column.
- To treat
(plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a
storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of
spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by
repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates
or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the
other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a
direct charging current.
- Constitution; mode of construction,
organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of
- To give a particular shape to; to shape,
mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to
adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by
influence, etc.; to train.
- To run to a form, as a hare.
- Established method of expression or
practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme;
formula; as, a form of prayer.
- To go to make up; to act as constituent
of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for;
to make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything is formed
or constituted, in whole or in part.
- Show without substance; empty, outside
appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality;
formality; as, a matter of mere form.
- To provide with a form, as a hare. See
Form, n., 9.
- Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also,
comeliness; elegance; beauty.
- To derive by grammatical
rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
- A shape; an image; a phantom.
- That by which shape is given or
determined; mold; pattern; model.
- A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of
students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in
- The seat or bed of a hare.
- The type or other matter
from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a
- The boundary line of a
material object. In painting, more generally, the human
- The particular shape or
structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms;
- The combination of
planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not
necessarily a closed solid.
- That assemblage or
disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal
constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; --
called essential or substantial form, and
contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative
nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea;
objectively, a law.
- Mode of acting or manifestation to the
senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or
snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the
mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition,
which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of
apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of
the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or
elements of every object known or thought of.
- The peculiar
characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the
structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
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