noun 2. the particular mode, appearance, etc, in which a thing or person manifests itself ⇒ water in the form of ice, ⇒ in the form of a bat 3. a type or kind ⇒ imprisonment is a form of punishment 4.
b. (as modifier) ⇒ a form letter
10. a mould, frame, etc, that gives shape to something 11. organized structure or order, as in an artistic work 12. education, mainly British a group of children who are taught together; class 13. manner, method, or style of doing something, esp with regard to recognized standards 17. philosophy a. the structure of anything as opposed to its constitution or content 22. linguistics b. a linguistic element considered from the point of view of its shape or sound rather than, for example, its meaning 24. taxonomy a group distinguished from other groups by a single characteristic: ranked below a variety verb
25. to give shape or form to or to take shape or form, esp a specified or particular shape
26. to come or bring into existence ⇒ a scum formed on the surface 27. to make, produce, or construct or be made, produced, or constructed 28. to construct or develop in the mind ⇒ to form an opinion 31. (transitive) to be an element of, serve as, or constitute ⇒ this plank will form a bridge 32. (transitive) to draw up; organize ⇒ to form a club
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Wortherkunft von 'form'C13: from Old French forme, from Latin forma shape, model