formation

noun
for·​ma·​tion | \ fȯr-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce formation (audio) \

Definition of formation

1 : an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form : development
2 : something that is formed new word formations
3 : the manner in which a thing is formed : structure the peculiar formation of the heart
4 : a major kind of plant growth (such as forest, grassland, or tundra) characteristic of a broad ecological region
5a : any igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic rock represented as a unit
b : any sedimentary bed or consecutive series of beds sufficiently homogeneous or distinctive to be a unit
6 : an arrangement of a body or group of persons or things in some prescribed manner or for a particular purpose flying in formation

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Examples of formation in a Sentence

The book explains the formation of the planets. The soldiers were marching in formation. The team ran on the field and lined up in a punt formation.
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The rest of the Premier League, meanwhile, has deployed more than five formations on average. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Chelsea May Have to Hit the Reset Button, Again," 22 Feb. 2019 That makes for a crisp, tight game, with (initially) balanced formations and coverages. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "NFL and College Football Are Not the Same Game," 11 July 2018 The salmon-pink suit, embellished with crystals in firework-like formations, was the perfect combination of business and pleasure, a theme that Obama has rocked throughout her book tour. Vogue, "Michelle Obama Calls on This Danish Designer for the Copenhagen Leg of Her Book Tour," 10 Apr. 2019 Stop by the Musée Matisse, shop around Le Cours Saleya's flea, flower, and food market, and be sure to grab a glass of wine (and Instagram) Le Plongeoir, a restaurant perched atop a rock formation in the sea. Condé Nast Traveler, "La Compagnie Flight Deal: Business Class to the French Riviera for $1,200," 4 Dec. 2018 If Tuchel goes with a 4-4-2 formation that is likely going to include the ineffective Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting. Jerome Pugmire, The Seattle Times, "PSG fans have cause to worry ahead of Manchester United game," 10 Feb. 2019 This gives the operator great flexibility, scaling the bomb’s power down to attack a formation of enemy tanks or up to devastate a large complex. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants Adjustable Bombs That Can Unleash a Lot of Hell—or Just a Little," 24 Sep. 2018 Still, the Queen has her torso turned creating a horseshoe formation between the three of them, which is her way to bring the family closer together. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Body Language Experts Analyze Queen Elizabeth's Relationship With Her Grandchildren," 1 Aug. 2018 After a labored opening 2-1 win over Australia, France coach Didier Deschamps changed to a more resilient, somewhat lopsided formation with Mbappe given freedom to roam and run at defenders from the right flank. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Five reasons why France will win the World Cup final," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of formation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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formation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of formation

: the act of forming or creating something
: something that is formed or created
: an orderly arrangement or group of people, ships, or airplanes

formation

noun
for·​ma·​tion | \ fȯr-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce formation (audio) \

Kids Definition of formation

1 : a creation or development of something the formation of good habits
2 : something that is formed or created a cloud formation
3 : an arrangement of something battle formation punt formation

formation

noun
for·​ma·​tion | \ fȯr-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce formation (audio) \

Medical Definition of formation

1 : an act of giving form or shape to something or of taking form : development
2 : the manner in which a thing is formed : structure

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