form·​less | \ ˈfȯrm-ləs How to pronounce formless (audio) \

Definition of formless

1 : having no regular form or shape
2 : lacking order or arrangement
3 : having no physical existence

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Other Words from formless

formlessly adverb
formlessness noun

Examples of formless in a Sentence

a formless mass of clay that the potter transformed into an attractive bowl from this formless void the universe was supposed to have been created
Recent Examples on the Web For some, slipping into a soft sweater dress or matching sweatsuit is both comfortable and comforting—giving shape to an otherwise formless day. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "The Best Work-From-Home Clothes You’ll Use Long After Quarantine," 14 May 2020 The institutional or in-house museum is a large, formless category, ranging from the casual display of a few documents in a publicly accessible space to a designated, formal, fully researched and designed exhibition building. Washington Post, "Can institutions tell their own stories? Yes, if they learn to think like a museum.," 9 Oct. 2019 The chapel lies in the city of St. Francis, whose anything-goes attitude toward land use is indicated by the formless explosion of housing on a gorgeous stretch of lakefront once slated for park development. John Gurda, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The demise of St. Francis Convent Chapel in Milwaukee raises questions about how to save historical structures," 2 Jan. 2020 The whole idea of grounding a vast true-life historical tale in a symphonic romance suggests 2005’s The New World, while the restless (and sometimes formless) storytelling has been present in all Malick’s work since 2011’s The Tree of Life. Darren Franich,, "A Hidden Life is the full Terrence Malick experience, vital even when it's glacial: Review," 12 Dec. 2019 Harish Pullanoor Samhara or destruction: The raised, rear right-hand carries the fire that atrophies matter to a formless state, only for regeneration. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "How the Indian icon Nataraja danced his way from ancient history to modern physics," 18 Dec. 2019 Gillian had adored and envied her, felt herself formless and dull by contrast. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, "The Bunty Club," 21 Oct. 2019 Inside the container, a pale, formless mass muttered and burped. Washington Post, "My son moved out, and my sourdough starter moved in.," 28 Oct. 2019 Now the fiction was formless and empty, and darkness lay over the surface of the science, and the spirit of mathematics hovered over their creation. Stan Stalnaker, Quartz, "Technology-oriented religions are coming," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of formless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 May 2020

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“Formless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of formless

: having no regular form or shape


form·​less | \ ˈfȯrm-ləs How to pronounce formless (audio) \

Kids Definition of formless

: having no regular form or shape

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