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  1. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: word signifier, descriptor

  2. [noun] a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
    Synonyms: kind, sort, variety

  3. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: shape, pattern

  4. [noun] any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke"
    Synonyms: shape, configuration, contour, conation

  5. [noun] 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"
    Synonyms: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, flesh

  6. [noun] the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape"
    Synonyms: shape

  7. [noun] the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features"
    Synonyms: shape, cast

  8. [noun] (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"
    Synonyms: phase

  9. [noun] a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"

  10. [noun] (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms"
    Synonyms: variant, strain, var.

  11. [noun] 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"

  12. [noun] a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"

  13. [noun] a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy"
    Synonyms: class, grade

  14. [noun] an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"

  15. [noun] a life-size dummy used to display clothes
    Synonyms: mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin

  16. [noun] a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"

  17. [verb] to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction"
    Synonyms: constitute, make

  18. [verb] create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company"
    Synonyms: organize, organise

  19. [verb] develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape"
    Synonyms: take take shape, spring

  20. [verb] give a shape or form to; "shape the dough"
    Synonyms: shape

  21. [verb] make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword"
    Synonyms: shape, work, mold, mould, forge

  22. [verb] establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children"
    Synonyms: imprint

  23. [verb] give shape to; "form the clay into a head"


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