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

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 The third-largest cabinet department, behind Defense and Veterans Affairs, D.H.S. has an amorphous, and often contradictory, internal culture. Jason Zengerle, New York Times, "How America Got to ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Immigration: The Inside Story," 16 July 2019 By the time of his death, in 1982, there was no sign of the university or the medical center, and the sculpture was still just scarred, amorphous rock. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Chandler, be-suited and bedraggled, whose work in computer-something-or-other summons the amorphous anxieties of the coming digital age. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "On Chandler Bing’s Job," 12 Sep. 2019 One is a grand space opera, with catchy Wagnerian leitmotifs and blaring immensity; the other is atonal and elusive, full of amorphous sound that rarely coalesces into melody. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "‘Psycho’ and ‘Close Encounters’ Roll at the Philharmonic," 10 Sep. 2019 The 23-year-old rapper thrives in the same amorphous space between pop, hip-hop, and reggae that Twenty One Pilots and Post Malone, among others, have turned into a music-industry sweet spot. Isaac Feldberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Dominic Fike is bringing back the sound of the 2000s," 8 Sep. 2019 Petulant billionaires like Daniel Snyder and amorphous corporations like Liberty Media might be reluctant to re-brand their toy franchises, but fans can always make their own choices. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Chief Wahoo missing from Cleveland's All-Star Game, but mascot issue endures," 7 July 2019 The approach renders a gorgeous and unpredictable world, in which the notion of Alma’s actual reality remains unclear and amorphous. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "The Creators of Bojack Horseman on Pushing the Limits of Adult Animation Even Further With Undone," 13 Sep. 2019 Danilo Gallinari is something of a wonder: a forward so amorphous as to avoid any real role or definition, and yet somehow effective in every phase of scoring. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020," 12 Sep. 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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amorphous

adjective
How to pronounce amorphous (audio)

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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