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 In May, Vatican workers completely sanitized St. Peter’s Basilica—where the saint’s bronze foot has been smoothed to a formless mass by centuries of pious kisses and touches—though the church reopened for Mass, not for tourists. Zoe Baillargeon, National Geographic, "Will people ever touch these iconic tourist attractions again?," 10 Sep. 2020 Any possibility of her defeat is chalked up to a potent but formless and context-free sexism, which allows Sittenfeld to ignore any number of other factors that contribute to or detract from political success. Laura Marsh, The New Republic, "The Flawed Fantasy of a Different Hillary Clinton," 19 May 2020 Here again, the pace oozes — all the things the lizards are doing as distractions (reading, watching a tiger camgirl, absorbing news, attending a Zoom birthday) all bleed into a formless blob. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "The ‘2 Lizards’ of Instagram Are Coronavirus Art Stars," 22 Apr. 2020 Over meals that punctuate formless hours on the boat, Thorsen gets to know who takes coffee with cream and who prefers the dressing on the side. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Onboard the ferry to the end of the world," 31 May 2016 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

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First Known Use of formless

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Formless.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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