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Form appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • Xylophone wizard begets quick jive form. (34 letters)
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Usage statistics for the noun form:

spoken English30.89%written English69.11% conversational speech22.29%task-oriented speech77.71% imaginative writing13.65%informational writing86.35%
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Form is sometimes a misspelling of far, farm, formed, forms or from.

The word form is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun form

What does form mean as a name of something?

Form is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 50 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: forms

  1. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something
    • example: the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached
    • domain: linguistics
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of form: descriptor / signifier / word form
    • more generic word: word = a unit of language that native speakers can identify
    • more specific terms:
      • plural form / plural = the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
      • singular form / singular = the form of a word that is used to denote a singleton
      • ghost word = a word form that has entered the language through the perpetuation of an error
      • root word / radical / theme / base / root / stem = the form of a word after all affixes are removed
      • etymon / root = a simple form inferred as the common basis from which related words in several languages can be derived by linguistic processes
      • main entry word / citation form / entry word = the form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary
      • abbreviation = a shortened form of a word or phrase
      • initialism / acronym = a word formed from the initial letters of the several words in the name and pronounced as one word
  2. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    • example: sculpture is a form of art
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of form: kind / sort / variety
    • more generic word: category = a general concept that marks divisions or coordinations in a conceptual scheme
    • more specific terms:
  3. a perceptual structure
    • example: the composition presents problems for students of musical form
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of form: pattern / shape
    • more generic word: structure = the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations
    • more specific words:
      • fractal = a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
      • gestalt = a configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that it cannot be described merely as a sum of its parts
      • grid = a pattern of regularly spaced horizontal and vertical lines
      • kaleidoscope = a complex pattern of constantly changing colors and shapes
      • mosaic = a pattern resembling a mosaic
      • strand = a pattern forming a unity within a larger structural whole
    • part of: percept / perception / perceptual experience = the representation of what is perceived
  4. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)
  5. alternative names for the body of a human being
  6. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • synonym of form: shape
    • more generic word: attribute = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of an entity
    • more specific terms:
      • solid = a three-dimensional shape
      • plane / sheet = an unbounded two-dimensional shape
      • natural shape = a shape created by natural forces
      • flair / flare = a shape that spreads outward
      • figure = a combination of points and lines and planes that form a visible palpable shape
      • line = a length (straight or curved) without breadth or thickness
      • angular shape / angularity = a shape having one or more sharp angles
      • round shape = a shape that is curved and without sharp angles
      • distorted shape / distortion = a shape resulting from distortion
      • amorphous shape = an ill-defined or arbitrary shape
      • connection / connexion / link = a connecting shape
      • circle = something approximating the shape of a circle
      • square = something approximating the shape of a square
      • triangle = something approximating the shape of a triangle
      • column / pillar / tower = anything that approximates the shape of a column or tower
      • plume = anything that resembles a feather in shape or lightness
  7. the visual appearance of something or someone
  8. a printed document with spaces in which to write
  9. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups
  10. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse
    • examples: the essay was in the form of a dialogue | he first sketches the plot in outline form
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: genre / literary genre / writing style = a style of expressing yourself in writing
    • more specific word: versification = the form or metrical composition of a poem
  11. a particular mode in which something is manifested
    • example: his resentment took the form of extreme hostility
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: fashion / manner / mode / style / way = how something is done or how it happens
  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
  13. a body of students who are taught together
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of form: class / course / grade
    • more generic words: assemblage / gathering = a group of persons together in one place
    • more specific terms:
      • master class = a class (especially in music) given to talented students by an expert
      • discussion section / section = a small class of students who are part of a larger course but are taught separately
  14. an ability to perform well
    • examples: he was at the top of his form | the team was off form last night
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: ability = the quality of being able to perform
  15. a life-size dummy used to display clothes
  16. a mold for setting concrete
    • example: they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: cast / mold / mould = container into which liquid is poured to create a given shape when it hardens

Alternative definition of the noun form


  1. The shape or visible structure of a thing or person.
  2. A thing that gives shape to other things as in a mold.
  3. An order of doing things, as in religious ritual.
  4. A blank document or template to be filled in by the user.
  5. [grammar] A grouping of words which maintain grammatical context in different usages.
  6. Characteristics not involving atomic components.
  7. [UK] A criminal record; loosely, past history (in a given area).
  8. [UK, education] A class or year of students (often preceded by an ordinal number to specify the year, as in [term, sixth form]).
  9. The den or home of a hare.
  10. [dated] A long bench with no back.
  11. [computing, programming] A window or dialogue box.

Specialised definition of the noun form

Glossary of sports

the condition of a player, team or athlete with regard to fitness, health and ability to perform well (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

the posture and positioning in which a person does something such as lift a weight (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

current state of performance of an athlete or an athletic team. If the form is excellent, the athlete or team are in top form. An athlete's form changes over time, it can drop (form crisis) or improve (form improvement). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / equestrian

the performances of a horse in its most recent races (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / martial arts

a formal series of movements, used cither for training or to demonstrate technique (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb form

What does form mean as a doing word?

Form is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: formed | forming | forms

  1. create (as an entity)
    • examples: social groups form everywhere | They formed a company
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product]David constructed a house | Donna fixed a sandwich
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] as [Oblique]They designed the Westinghouse-Mitsubishi venture as a non-equity transaction
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] for [Beneficiary]David dug a hole for me | Donna fixed a sandwich for me
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Product] from / out of [Material]David constructed a house out of sticks

      Verbs of Creation (with the same syntax): coin, compose, compute, concoct, construct, contrive, create, derive, fabricate, formulate, improvise, invent, lay, manufacture, model, organize, produce, rebuild, recreate, style, synthesize.

    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of form: organise / organize
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific terms:
  2. to compose or represent
    • example: This wall forms the background of the stage setting
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of form: constitute / make
    • more generic terms: be / comprise / constitute / make up / represent = form or compose
    • more specific words:
      • chelate = form a chelate, in chemistry
      • add = constitute an addition
  3. develop into a distinctive entity
  4. give shape or form to
    • example: form the young child's character
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of form: shape
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific terms:
  5. make something, usually for a specific function
    • example: Form cylinders from the dough
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of form: forge / mold / mould / shape / work
    • more generic terms: create from raw material / create from raw stuff = make from scratch
    • more specific terms:
      • carve = form by carving
      • swage / upset = form metals with a swage
      • chip = form by chipping
      • layer = make or form a layer
      • cut out = form and create by cutting out
      • machine = turn, shape, mold, or otherwise finish by machinery
      • grind = shape or form by grinding
      • stamp = form or cut out with a mold, form, or die
      • puddle = subject to puddling or form by puddling
      • beat = shape by beating
      • preform = form or shape beforehand or determine the shape of beforehand
      • preform = form into a shape resembling the final, desired one
      • mound = form into a rounded elevation
      • hill = form into a hill
      • roughcast = shape roughly
      • reshape / remold = shape again or shape differently
      • sinter = cause (ores or powdery metals) to become a coherent mass by heating without melting
      • mould / cast / mold = form by pouring (e.g., wax or hot metal) into a cast or mold
      • throw = make on a potter's wheel
      • hand-build / handbuild / coil = make without a potter's wheel
      • sculpture / sculpt = create by shaping stone or wood or any other hard material
      • model / mould / mold = form in clay, wax, etc
  6. establish or impress firmly in the mind
  7. assume a form or shape
    • example: the water formed little beads
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence
    • more specific words:


  1. "Form" is a musical album of SOFT BALLET.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  2. "Form" is a musical album of Ruby My Dear.
    • released on
  3. "Form" is a musical album of Die! Die! Die!.
    • released in (6 years ago)
  4. "Form" is a musical album of Conor J Curran.
    • released on (7 years ago)
  5. "Form" is a musical album of KaeoFLUX.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  6. "Form" is a musical EP of Surachai.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  7. "Form" is a musical album of Beitegeuze.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  8. "Form" is a musical single of Todd Tobias.
    • released in (13 years ago)
  9. "Form" is a composition.


"Form" is a book by Graham Rabey.

  • also known as "Form: how brain forms make thought forms"


  1. Form: A webform, web form or HTML form on a web page allows a user to enter data that is sent to a server for processing. Forms can resemble paper or database forms because web users fill out the forms using checkboxes, radio buttons, or text fields. For example, forms can be used to enter shipping or credit card data to order a product, or can be used to retrieve search results from a search engine.
  2. Form: In botanical nomenclature, a form is one of the "secondary" taxonomic ranks, below that of variety, which in turn is below that of species; it is an infraspecific taxon. If more than three ranks are listed in describing a taxon, the "classification" is being specified, but only three parts make up the "name" of the taxon: a genus name, a specific epithet, and an infraspecific epithet.
  3. Form: In horse racing, the form of a horse is a record of significant events, mainly its performance in previous races. The form may identify the horse's sire, dam and wider pedigree. It is used by tipsters and punters as an aid in the prediction of its performance in future races.
    • also known as 馬經
  4. Form was a boot sector virus isolated in Switzerland in the summer of 1990 which became very common worldwide. The origin of Form is widely listed as Switzerland, but this may be an assumption based on its isolation locale. The only notable characteristics of Form are that it infects the boot sector instead of the Master Boot Record and the clicking noises associated with some infections. Infections under Form can result in severe data damage if operating system characteristics are not identical to those Form assumes.
  5. Form: A form is a class or grouping of students in a school. The term is used predominantly in the United Kingdom, although some schools, mostly private, in other countries also use the title. Pupils are usually grouped in forms according to age and will remain with the same group for a number of years, or sometimes their entire school career.
  6. Form: In component-based programming, a form is a representation of a GUI window. A form contains components and controls typically including "OK" and "Cancel" buttons, these objects provide a high-level abstraction of standard or custom widgets which are typically much easier to manipulate than the GUI's underlying API.
  7. FORM is a symbolic manipulation system. It reads text files containing definitions of mathematical expressions as well as statements that tell it how to manipulate these expressions. Its original author is Jos Vermaseren of Nikhef, the Dutch institute for subatomic physics. It is widely used in the theoretical particle physics community, but it is not restricted to applications in this specific field.
  8. Form: In academic discussions of organized religion, the term form is sometimes used to describe prescriptions or norms on religious practice.
  9. FORM is the bimonthly membership magazine of the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles, and is published in Glendale, California by Balcony Media, Inc. The magazine was launched in 2007, and covers modern design and architecture. In 2000 Balcony Media began publishing AIA/LA’s LA Architect, which won a Maggie Award in 2002 for Best Trade Publication.
  10. Form is a specific way of performing a movement, often a strength training exercise, to avoid injury, prevent cheating and increase strength.
  11. Form is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.
  12. Form: The physical form of the puzzle.
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