amorphous


amor·phous

adjective \ə-ˈmr-fəs\

: having no definite or clear shape or form

Full Definition of AMORPHOUS

1
a :  having no definite form :  shapeless <an amorphous cloud mass>
b :  being without definite character or nature :  unclassifiable <an amorphous segment of society>
c :  lacking organization or unity <an amorphous style of writing>
2
:  having no real or apparent crystalline form <an amorphous mineral>
amor·phous·ly adverb
amor·phous·ness noun

Examples of AMORPHOUS

  1. an amorphous segment of society
  2. <amorphous lumps of clay magically transformed by a skilled potter's hands into works of art>
  3. Oblivious to all the attention, the big cat calmly sashayed to a concave little hollow scooped out of an artificial granite cliff-side at the rear of her cage. There, her four sleeping, newborn cubs were nestled one atop another so tightly that they formed one amorphous lump of fur. —Jon Luoma, Audubon, November l982

Origin of AMORPHOUS

Greek amorphos, from a- + morphē form
First Known Use: circa 1731

Other Mineralogy Terms

agate, host, inclusion, matrix, streak

amor·phous

adjective \ə-ˈmr-fəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AMORPHOUS

1
: having no apparent shape or organization
2
: having no real or apparent crystalline form

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