amorphous

adjective
amor·​phous | \ ə-ˈmȯr-fəs How to pronounce amorphous (audio) \

Definition of amorphous

1a : 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

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Other Words from amorphous

amorphously adverb
amorphousness noun

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Examples of amorphous in a Sentence

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 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 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 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 an amorphous segment of society amorphous lumps of clay magically transformed by a skilled potter's hands into works of art
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Recent Examples on the Web Rose City Antifa, Portland’s amorphous group of anti-fascist activists, posted photos of a man who appears to be Brewster at both events. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Kyle Brewster, convicted in notorious 1988 hate crime killing, seen at pro-Trump rallies in Salem, Portland," 19 Jan. 2021 In spite of the high stakes, the race for mayor is still a messy and amorphous affair. New York Times, "On King Holiday, New York’s Mayoral Hopefuls Vie for Attention," 18 Jan. 2021 But barriers will increase when distribution moves to the next tier — which includes essential workers, a far larger and more amorphous group. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Vaccinating Black Americans Is Essential. Key States Aren’t Doing the Work to Combat Hesitancy," 18 Dec. 2020 The reams of mostly white bearded men that descended upon the Capitol last week wasn’t an amorphous blob. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, "Anything for Selena and 4 More Podcasts Worth Trying," 13 Jan. 2021 For much of the nation, the sense in the early days of quarantine that the disruption would be brief soon melted into an amorphous uncertainty. Melissa Rayworth, ajc, "Wiser resolutions? Lessons from COVID's unfulfilled ones," 29 Dec. 2020 Donald Trump will leave the White House in January, but Trumpism—that amorphous mobilization of nationalism, white nostalgia, and anti-élite grievance, twisted by disinformation—will likely remain a force in American politics for years. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump, George Wallace, and the Influence of Losers," 4 Dec. 2020 These are slime molds, often avoided amorphous, brainless blobs. Popular Science, "This biologist wants to help slime molds creep into all our hearts," 12 Nov. 2020 The Green New Deal as a concept can be somewhat amorphous, because there’s not a bill outlining specific concrete steps that would be taken to reduce emissions. Harry Cheadle, The New Republic, "Moderate Democrats Can Call the Green New Deal Whatever They Want," 11 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of amorphous

circa 1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for amorphous

Greek amorphos, from a- + morphē form

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The first known use of amorphous was circa 1727

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1 Feb 2021

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“Amorphous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amorphous. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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amorphous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of amorphous

: having no definite or clear shape or form

amorphous

adjective
amor·​phous | \ ə-ˈmȯr-fəs How to pronounce amorphous (audio) \

Medical Definition of amorphous

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

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