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

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To read along in such a chronicle is like watching an expert carver give shape to something otherwise formless or burdened by a profusion of material. David S. Reynolds, WSJ, "‘Becoming Lincoln’ Review: The Center That Held," 15 Feb. 2019 The early idea of a formless God, nirguna Brahman, gave way to the recognition that people needed something less abstract to worship. Shashi Tharoor, WSJ, "How Hinduism Has Persisted for 4,000 Years," 17 Jan. 2019 Emotions are formless, so our sensitivities take shape through mundane, daily activities. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 After all, within astrology, Pisces symbolizes the ocean — the formless, vast abyss filled with mysteries and wonder. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 Single cells started to band together, and a world of formless, unicellular life was on course to evolve into the riot of shapes and functions of multicellular life today, from ants to pear trees to people. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Top stories: Chocolate money, the rise of multicellularity, and pet rabbit brains," 29 June 2018 Over the past few weeks, Mars, the planet of action, has been cruising across the area of your chart associated with formless emotions and intangible experiences. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What March's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Feb. 2018 Of course there was skin under the dark, formless garment, but the sight of it is incongruous and mildly shocking. Leah Ollman,, "Naked body parts, hair as sculpture: The strange, sinister, seductive art of Julie Curtiss," 5 June 2018 The trilogy's unity, achieved despite its fragmentation, is reinforced by its dominant metaphor: the body of water that was once still and reflective and is now fractured, formless and turbulent. Sebastian Smee,, "With 'Kudos,' Rachel Cusk completes a literary masterpiece," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of formless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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