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 Meanwhile, Harris has so far had an ever-present, though amorphous, role in the Biden administration. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Harris-Buttigieg rivalry on full display as both push Biden infrastructure plan," 22 Apr. 2021 The fundamental challenge seems to me that emergent, amorphous and seemingly unfathomable transnational cyberspace empires are being commercialised in the financial interest of specific countries over others. Alexander Finlayson, Forbes, "Humanity Versus Tech: Human Solutions To Human Creations," 7 Apr. 2021 Enter rapper-producer-amorphous-brand-ambassador Travis Scott. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, "Travis Scott’s Cacti Seltzer and the Long History of Hip-Hop Beverages," 8 Apr. 2021 The president only did what so many previous European and American leaders have done, draping themselves in the mantle of culture to inveigh against an amorphous other. Kanishk Tharoor, The New Republic, "Pankaj Mishra’s Reckoning With Liberalism’s Bloody Past," 22 Feb. 2021 Elucid’s catalogue has consistently tapped into whatever amorphous border separates noise music from free jazz. Washington Post, "Armand Hammer adds the Alchemist to make for an even more intriguing brand of underground rap," 26 Mar. 2021 The amorphous zone defense gave both opponents fits, and Buddy Boeheim has emerged as one of the best players in the tournament., "A look at how the Sweet 16 stack up in the men’s NCAA Tournament," 23 Mar. 2021 The amorphous seating throughout resembles pieces of art. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, "32 Stunning Hotel Lobbies," 19 Mar. 2021 Just as second ladies have had an amorphous job as wives to past vice presidents, with few official responsibilities, Emhoff is free to define his platform. Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times, "‘Second gentleman,’ first in his role, hits the road with Kamala Harris," 15 Mar. 2021

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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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“Amorphous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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