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

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 Iron flecks in coal fly ash, for example, are amorphous globs that dissolve more easily than the crystals found in mineral dust. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 4 Jan. 2020 The film has its own metamorphosis of sorts too as the nature of even their relationship becomes amorphous and obscured when a farce about the two being married ends up becoming very real. Jake Coyle And Lindsey Bahr, Houston Chronicle, "‘Tree of Life’ tops list of 10 best films of the decade," 26 Dec. 2019 Judge Willett also noted that even if Mckesson owed some sort of amorphous duty, the First Amendment would prevent the case from going forward. Jack Greiner,, "Strictly Legal: Does the First Amendment matter to Black Lives Matter?," 24 Dec. 2019 The league didn’t apply the even more vague and even more amorphous Hail Mary protocol, which would have required a higher bar to constitute pass interference. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Not pass interference: Arizona Cardinals robbed on final play vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers?," 11 Nov. 2019 The amorphous blob of 6-6 teams clogging up the middle of the standings in your league will learn their playoff fates., "In order to win a ring — or the trophy, or the championship belt, or whatever it is that your league gives to its winner — you have to have one eye looking down the road.," 28 Nov. 2019 Annealing the material by slowly heating it to 1000°C dims its shine and turns it into a semiconductor with a band gap—the energy required to liberate an electron—similar to that of amorphous silicon, which can turn light into electricity. W. Wayt Gibbs, Science | AAAS, "The next graphene? Shiny and magnetic, a new form of pure carbon dazzles with potential," 12 Nov. 2019 As the muscle atrophied, his flesh hung like a boneless chicken breast, the scar left amorphous and supple. oregonlive, "From my husband’s ashes, I was able to build myself into something beautiful and new," 6 Oct. 2019 As the muscle atrophied, his flesh hung like a boneless chicken breast, the scar left amorphous and supple. oregonlive, "From my husband’s ashes, I was able to build myself into something beautiful and new," 6 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of amorphous

circa 1731, 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 1731

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Amorphous.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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How to pronounce amorphous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of amorphous

: having no definite or clear shape or form


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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