Definition of amorphous
Examples of amorphous in a Sentence
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
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
an amorphous segment of society
amorphous lumps of clay magically transformed by a skilled potter's hands into works of art
Recent Examples of amorphous from the Web
With the GOP's failure to deliver on its years-old promise to ditch Obamacare in favor of some amorphous upgrade, the future of health care policy in America now firmly resides with the Democrats and their resurgent left.
The spectrum is vast and, when taken together, somewhat amorphous.
But the whole debate has become so confused and amorphous that the only thing anyone knows for certain is that the Republicans have to pass something to justify having their congressional majorities at all.
Wild Bill’ Haywood … the tepid social-work impulse of do-gooders, inarticulate and amorphous desire to ‘
The movement, if there really is one, is amorphous, multifaceted, and prone to factionalism and internal squabbling.
In fact, this amorphous ice is the most abundant type on our planet, and can transform between both a low- and high-density version.
One of the more interesting types of ice is amorphous ice.
Lee began taking instruction on how to get into the club — an amorphous, loosely defined and ever-changing list of the company’s preferred customers.
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Origin and Etymology of amorphous
Greek amorphos, from a- + morphē form
First Known Use: circa 1731See Words from the same year
AMORPHOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of amorphous for English Language Learners
: having no definite or clear shape or form
Medical Definition of amorphous
1: having no apparent shape or organization
2: having no real or apparent crystalline form
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