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amorphous

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adjective amor·phous \ə-ˈmȯr-fəs\

Simple Definition of amorphous

  • : having no definite or clear shape or form

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of amorphous

  1. 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. 2 :  having no real or apparent crystalline form <an amorphous mineral>

amorphously

adverb

amorphousness

noun

Examples of amorphous in a sentence

  1. 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

  2. Astronomers think our solar system took shape when an amorphous interstellar cloud of dust and gas collapsed under its own weight. The conservation of angular momentum, or spin, kept some of the material from simply falling all the way to the newborn sun; instead it settled into a pancake shape. —Michael W. Werner et al., Scientific American, June 2009

  3. Most library and academic accrediting associations either ignore weeding or have general, rather amorphous, standards. Among the more specific standards are those of the American Library Associations' 1967 public library systems standards, which suggest annual weeding of at least 5 percent of “community collections,” with headquarters libraries weeding more cautiously … —LJ Special Report, 1990

  4. A quarter of a century ago, author Betty Friedan stumbled upon a “problem that has no name.”“ Middle-class American women were prisoners of gilded cages, she argued, unfulfilled by their exclusive roles as wives and mother. Friedan gave the amorphous problem, and the book that described it, a name -- ”The Feminine Mystique“—and with it helped launch one of the most transforming social movements in modern history.” —Eloise Salholz et al., Newsweek, 31 Mar. 1986

  5. an amorphous segment of society

  6. <amorphous lumps of clay magically transformed by a skilled potter's hands into works of art>



Did You Know?

According to the Greek myths of the creation, the world began in an amorphous state; and the Bible states that, at the beginning, "the earth was without form, and void". Most of us have had nightmares that consist mostly of just a looming amorphous but terrifying thing. A plan may have so little detail that critics call it amorphous. And a new word may appear to name a previously amorphous group of people, such as yuppie in 1983 and Generation X six years later.

Origin and Etymology of amorphous

Greek amorphos, from a- + morphē form


First Known Use: circa 1731

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Medical Dictionary

amorphous

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adjective amor·phous \ə-ˈmȯr-fəs\

Medical Definition of amorphous

  1. 1:  having no apparent shape or organization

  2. 2:  having no real or apparent crystalline form





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