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formation

noun for·ma·tion \fr-ˈmā-shən\

: the act of forming or creating something

: something that is formed or created

: an orderly arrangement or group of people, ships, or airplanes

Full Definition of FORMATION

1
:  an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form :  development
2
:  something that is formed <new word formations>
3
:  the manner in which a thing is formed :  structure <the peculiar formation of the heart>
4
:  a major kind of plant growth (as forest, grassland, or tundra) characteristic of a broad ecological region
5
a :  any igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rock represented as a unit
b :  any sedimentary bed or consecutive series of beds sufficiently homogeneous or distinctive to be a unit
6
:  an arrangement of a body or group of persons or things in some prescribed manner or for a particular purpose <flying in formation>
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Examples of FORMATION

  1. The book explains the formation of the planets.
  2. The soldiers were marching in formation.
  3. The team ran on the field and lined up in a punt formation.

First Known Use of FORMATION

15th century
FORMATION Defined for Kids

formation

noun for·ma·tion \fr-ˈmā-shən\

Definition of FORMATION for Kids

1
:  a creation or development of something <the formation of good habits>
2
:  something that is formed or created <a cloud formation>
3
:  an arrangement of something <battle formation> <punt formation>
Medical Dictionary

formation

noun for·ma·tion \fr-ˈmā-shən\

Medical Definition of FORMATION

1
:  an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form :  development
2
:  the manner in which a thing is formed :  structure
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