1. The phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something (synset 106301417)
    "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached"
  2. A category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality (synset 105847533)
    "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
  3. A perceptual structure (synset 105939522)
    "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them"
  4. Any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline) (synset 105071206)
    "he could barely make out their shapes"
  5. Alternative names for the body of a human being (synset 105224424)
    "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak"
  6. The spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance (synset 100028005)
    "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
  7. The visual appearance of something or someone (synset 104684871)
    "the delicate cast of his features"
  8. A printed document with spaces in which to write (synset 106485234)
    "he filled out his tax form"
  9. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups (synset 108128123)
    "a new strain of microorganisms"
  10. An arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse (synset 107106984)
    "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"
  11. A particular mode in which something is manifested (synset 104937655)
    "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"
  12. (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 (synset 114503649)
    "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system"
  13. A body of students who are taught together (synset 108255384)
    "early morning classes are always sleepy"
  14. An ability to perform well (synset 105207938)
    "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"
  15. A life-size dummy used to display clothes (synset 103723460)
  16. A mold for setting concrete (synset 103389381)
    "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"
  1. Create (as an entity) (synset 202453050)
    "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"
  2. To compose or represent (synset 202627475)
    "This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"
  3. Develop into a distinctive entity (synset 202629987)
    "our plans began to take shape"
  4. Give shape or form to (synset 200142011)
    "shape the dough"; "form the young child's character"
  5. Make something, usually for a specific function (synset 201663142)
    "She molded the rice balls carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
  6. Establish or impress firmly in the mind (synset 202435769)
    "We imprint our ideas onto our children"
  7. Assume a form or shape (synset 200144670)
    "the water formed little beads"

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