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,
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,
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 form, signifier, descriptor,
a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"
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" Synonyms: variant, strain, var.,
a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy" Synonyms: class, grade, course,
(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,
give shape or form to; "shape the dough"; "form the young child''s character" Synonyms: shape,
assume a form or shape; "the water formed little beads"
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" Synonyms: shape, work, mold, mould, forge,
establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children" Synonyms: imprint,
create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company" Synonyms: organize, organise,
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,