Textual thesaurus for "form"

(noun) shape

the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

geometry is the mathematical science of shape

(noun) manakin, manikin, mannequin, mannikin

a life-size dummy used to display clothes

(noun) cast, shape

the visual appearance of something or someone

the delicate cast of his features

(noun) configuration, conformation, contour, shape

any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline)

he could barely make out their shapes

(noun) material body, physical body, physique, human body, soma, shape, anatomy, bod, build, chassis, figure, flesh, frame

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

(noun) kind, sort, variety

a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

sculpture is a form of art; what kinds of desserts are there?

(noun) pattern, shape

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

(noun) descriptor, word form, signifier

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

(noun) strain, var., variant

(biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups

a new strain of microorganisms

(noun) course, class, grade

a body of students who are taught together

early morning classes are always sleepy

(noun) phase

(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

(verb) shape

give shape or form to

shape the dough; form the young child's character

(verb) forge, mold, mould, shape, work

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

(verb) imprint

establish or impress firmly in the mind

We imprint our ideas onto our children

(verb) organise, organize

create (as an entity)

social groups form everywhere; They formed a company

(verb) make, constitute

to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"

The branches made a roof; This makes a fine introduction

(verb) spring, take form, take shape

develop into a distinctive entity

our plans began to take shape