Coal is a form of carbon.
a rare form of cancer
a popular form of entertainment
an ancient form of music
the written form of the language
a style of architecture that emphasizes form over function
The shadowy forms of several people were visible through the smoke. Verb
The friendship that they formed in school lasted a lifetime.
Her early experiences played an important role in forming her personality.
His ideas were not yet fully formed.
The drug can help prevent blood clots from forming.
Beads of sweat formed on his forehead.
A plan was gradually forming in my mind.
A plan was gradually forming itself in my mind.
An angry crowd was forming in the streets. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The holidays are upon us, and with them come feasts in many forms.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 But academic research indicates gifts which come in the form of experiences—like trips, picnics, or special outings—often make people happier than material items.—Mallika Mitra, wsj.com, 14 Nov. 2023 Most of the pages remained in paper form in the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., Teleti explains.—Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Nov. 2023 Its shares are listed in ADR form on the New York Stock Exchange and also in Hong Kong.—Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 Some of it would be in the form of baryons, meaning protons and neutrons—the stuff of you, me and our laptops, as well as of planets, galaxies and everything else accessible to telescopes.—Richard Panek, Scientific American, 14 Nov. 2023 Both countries are experiencing the harsh effects of climate change in the form of flooding and heat waves that would not be possible without climate change.—Lucas Thompson, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 Of that $10 million, the company also wrote that only $2.5 million would be in the form of cash.—Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The central bank's rate hikes have increased the costs of mortgages, auto loans, credit cards and many forms of business borrowing, part of a concerted drive to slow growth and cool inflation pressures.—CBS News, 14 Nov. 2023
The stories that form the backbone of the novel are Juan’s sketches of Jan Gay.—Tope Folarin, The Atlantic, 16 Nov. 2023 Yet the deep bonds formed over years were still there.—Miriam Jordan Afif Amireh, New York Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Mesozoic bird tracks are often small, less than six inches long, and thin, with three weight-bearing toes that form wide angles that exceed ninety degrees.—Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 To leap through a window, the rapper would have had to remove the glass forming the blinds, a process that would have taken considerable time and likely been noticed by Améstica.—Isabela Raygoza, Billboard, 14 Nov. 2023 Just hours before the actors’ strike ended last week, comedian and strike captain Elyssa Phillips spoke to The Times’ Christi Carras for my colleagues’ story examining the state of the industry six months after picket lines first formed in front of the major studios.—Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023 The 88-year-old National Labor Relations Act guarantees the right of U.S. workers to form or join unions.—Dee-Ann Durbin, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2023 The Event Safety Association, formed after a tragic outdoor event at the Indiana State Fair, is an excellent resource for event risk reduction and management, including weather impacts.—Jim Foerster, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 However, Strickland recalled feeling apprehensive about forming a long-term relationship with her, which created tension.—Meghan Mariani, ABC News, 4 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English forme, from Anglo-French furme, forme, from Latin forma form, beauty
Adjective combining form
French & Latin; French -forme, from Latin -formis, from forma