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a booking form
▪ You can complete the booking form online.
(a) concrete form
▪ A society's culture is expressed in a concrete form in the arts.
a form of entertainment (=a type of entertainment)
▪ video games and other modern forms of entertainment
a form of escapism
▪ Books were a form of escapism from the real world.
a form of expression
▪ Music and painting are two completely different forms of expression.
a form/method/system of communication (=something you use to exchange information)
▪ At university, lectures are the main form of communication.
a form/mode/method/means of travel
▪ I find the train a more comfortable mode of travel.
a means/mode/form of transport
▪ Horses and carts were the only means of transport.
a queue forms
▪ A queue had formed outside the shop.
a sixth form collegeBritish English (= where students in Britain can go at 16, instead of a school)
a source/form of energy
▪ Coal is more expensive than other sources of energy.
a type/form of exercise
▪ This type of exercise is excellent for losing weight.
a verb form
▪ You have to choose the appropriate verb form.
an application form
▪ Simply fill in the application form and return it to your bank.
appoint/set up/form a committee
▪ The council appointed a special committee to study the issue.
art form
▪ Music is quite unlike any other art form.
build up/form a picture (=gradually get an idea of what something is like)
▪ Detectives are still trying to build up a picture of what happened.
clouds gather/form
▪ The sky had darkened and clouds had gathered.
combining form
▪ A hard gray crust had formed on the bottom of the tea kettle.
develop/form a habit
▪ I developed a habit of eating porridge for breakfast.
develop/form/build a relationship
▪ By that age, children start developing relationships outside the family.
establish/form/set up a council
▪ A National Radio and Television Council was established to regulate the market.
Form 1040
Form 1099
form a band
▪ They formed their own band and released a single.
form a cabinet
▪ Ministers remain in office until a new cabinet is formed.
form a chain
▪ They formed a human chain passing buckets of water to the fire.
form a club (=start one)
▪ It’s always possible to form your own club.
form a coalition
▪ The Social Democrats rejected their offer to form a coalition.
form a compound
▪ Atoms combine in specific ways to form chemical compounds.
form a friendship
▪ The two girls soon formed a friendship.
form a government (=become the government)
▪ The party attained the majority of seats it needed to form a government.
form a judgment (=make a judgment)
▪ I prefer to form my own judgments, rather than relying on other people's opinions.
form a minority (also constitute a minorityformal)
▪ This type of cell forms a minority of the cells in the nervous system.
form a partnership
▪ They formed a partnership solely to enter the competition.
form a queue
▪ Other passengers for the train were forming a queue.
form an opinion (=gradually decide what your opinion is)
▪ Olson had not yet formed an opinion as to Mark’s reliability.
form letter
form teacher
form the basis of sth
▪ This research will form the basis of a book.
form the border
▪ The river forms the border between the two countries.
form the nucleus
▪ Marantz and Grohl form the nucleus of the Atlanta operation.
form/forge a bond (=make a bond)
▪ Frequently horses form a strong bond with their riders.
form/found a party
▪ The two politicians broke away from the PDF to form a new political party.
form/proof of identification
▪ Bring some form of identification, preferably a passport.
ice forms
▪ Ice was forming on the surface of the lake.
in liquid form
▪ Children take antibiotics in liquid form.
in powder form
▪ The paint is supplied in powder form.
in tablet form
▪ Although this drug is available in tablet form it is often prescribed as a powder.
life form
▪ life forms on other planets
make/form an alliance
▪ In 1902, Japan made an alliance with Britain.
mark/form a boundary
▪ The river Jordan marks the boundary between Israel and Jordan.
means/mode/form of transportation
▪ People need to get out of their cars and use other modes of transportation.
mild form
▪ a mild form of diabetes
possessive pronoun/form/case etc
▪ the possessive pronouns ‘ours’ and ‘mine’
prostrate body/figure/form
rock forms/is formed
▪ From the texture of the rock we can tell how it was formed.
rock forms/is formed
▪ From the texture of the rock we can tell how it was formed.
rudimentary form
▪ subsistence farming in its most rudimentary form
set up/start/form a company
▪ Two years later he started his own software company.
singular form
▪ the singular form of the noun
sixth form college
sixth form
some kind/type/form/sort of sth
▪ We can hopefully reach some kind of agreement.
subtle form
▪ a subtle form of racism
the attached form/cheque/leaflet etc
▪ Please fill in and return the attached reply slip.
virulent form
▪ a particularly virulent form of influenza
▪ Here the external economies were of a different form and the location, of course, is today no longer in the inner city.
▪ Usually they are quite different in form, just as land-based caterpillars are quite different from adult butterflies.
▪ Since then the calculations have been repeated in a number of different forms by other people.
▪ But it is a different form of government.
▪ Third, we assume that visionary style can take on a variety of different forms.
▪ Businesses and governments practice very different forms of accounting.
▪ And now fly up above the forest, and take on a human form.
▪ She preferred the animal forms to human forms and found them easier to draw.
▪ Even in a formal business letter you should use a personal and human form of address.
▪ Tragicomedy gives the disjunction of the subjective and objective visions of the human situation dramatic form.
▪ Golfers had reported seeing what looked like a human form wrapped in a brown shroud falling through the sky.
▪ Instead, he says, the Goddess was portrayed in human form.
▪ Nun: primordial deity of the waters of chaos, depicted in human form.
▪ I went to a gory pile of dead human forms in every kind of stiff contortion.
▪ Improving processing facilities, not new organizational forms, was the way to end food shortages, he claimed.
▪ Slowly the new structure took form.
▪ Indeed it can still be found in our own time, in some individual cases but also in new forms of patronage.
▪ School-to-work systems are striving to create a new form of apprenticeship that combines formal learning in school and at work.
▪ What he described has returned in a horrible new form.
▪ Much has to be done to adequately develop and share these new resources and forms of knowledge.
▪ Restoring culture can just as easily lead to a new and virulent form of fundamentalism as to a revival of cultural diversity.
▪ The new bacterial forms were versatile and energetic, and could engulf other bacteria.
▪ The industry has had 26 years grace for other forms of advertising.
▪ His correspondence shows him reacting to Gandhi with the rather detached curiosity he showed for other exotic forms of political life.
▪ Be prepared for some children to be vegetarian, so make sure there are other forms of protein than meat.
▪ Treaties, like any other form of agreement, characteristically incorporate both rights and duties as part of an interlocking bargain.
▪ In contrast, other truncated forms of RAP74 containing a shorter C-terminal region were all inactive.
▪ Unfortunately the resulting diagram is not so easy to interpret as are some of the other forms of chart.
▪ It has to be converted into other forms.
▪ The control of water pollution, for example, like other forms of regulatory behaviour, is an unobtrusive activity.
▪ This is the same as saying information delivered in a particular form is more useful in certain applications than in others.
▪ Woman-centred psychology is grounded in a particular woman-centred form of western feminism.
▪ I think the really critical issue is to understand the concepts behind the particular forms of financing which are used.
▪ One particular form of easel is actually known as a donkey.
▪ At the personal level, doctors and their patients become conditioned to particular forms of treatment.
▪ The creature is attracted because it has the pleasure of satisfied desire, in this case its own particular form of hunger.
▪ He would be unwise to underestimate the disruptive potential of its particular form of divine discontent.
▪ Poverty is a constitutive element of a particular form of economic growth as much as it is a product of economic recession.
▪ In its present form it is substantially an early eighteenth-century building, and now serves as a local nursing home.
▪ In its present form this story is of recent origin, although it is derived from an ancient tale.
▪ On his present form we really would have been better sticking with Chappie.
▪ The civic culture is present in the form of aspiration, and the democratic infrastructure is still far from being attained.
▪ As oil resources become more scarce by the end of the century, can agriculture continue in its present form?
▪ The present forms of both of the anaphoras address the first gehanta to the Trinity.
▪ If we wish to preserve a landscape in its present form we must actively direct it towards that end.
▪ Thienpont bought the estate in 1979; until then it hardly existed in its present form.
▪ The simplest form of electronic publishing is word processing with a typographic style of output; office publishing, if you will.
▪ Couples with no need to itemize deductions can use the 1040A, another relatively simple form.
▪ Very simple geometrical forms exist in nature out there but most of them are ordinarily invisible to the naked eye.
▪ The structure we impose on preferences in turn induces a relatively simple form of demand functions faced by individual firms.
▪ This forced on builders a simple form of Gothic architecture.
▪ This is the simplest form of adsorption chromatography.
▪ It will favour strength, and fighting in its simplest form will favour increased size.
▪ As we all have the choice of spending or saving, some simple form of wealth tax could be considered, too.
▪ Although produced by computer, the conditions are not always in a set standard form.
▪ This contract, which is reproduced here, is a typical example of a standard form contract found in the haulage industry.
▪ However, with standard form contracts directed at consumers, the legislature has interfered because of the imbalance in bargaining power.
▪ There are some organisations which have standard report forms and these are designed to save writers' and readers' time.
▪ Most employers will only ask you to repeat this information in a standard application form anyway.
▪ Again standard forms can be used and copies should be sent to all interested parties.
▪ The questionnaire is very much in a standard form and should always be amended to reflect the business being sold.
▪ There were controversies about various forms of Church Government and many sects flourished at this time of religious toleration.
▪ Through various forms of operating system treachery, programs like these increase system resources.
▪ Picketing in various forms has shown itself to be one of the most effective forms of industrial action.
▪ The wedding band appears throughout history in various forms.
▪ These showed no statistical difference in the concentrations of the various forms of gastrins between the different methods of sample preparation.
▪ Their primary client is the bourgeoisie, in its various forms of organisation.
▪ The convention of indicating three-dimensional objects in a two-dimensional medium by various forms of shading and hatching.
▪ It took various forms: university disorder; civil rights movements; anti-apartheid activities; race and immigration protests.
▪ Standard application forms are used by many companies.
▪ Notes of questions arising out of the application form should be attached to it and used as a memory aid during the interview.
▪ Studentship application forms are available on request from the Secretary to the University.
▪ Contained in the application forms was the core of a first-class and committed newspaper staff.
▪ Simply fill in the application form and return it to your branch.
▪ The appropriate fee should either accompany the application form, or will be debited to your firm's credit account where appropriate.
▪ If you do not already hold a valid passport, application forms may be obtained from the Post Office.
▪ Simply complete the attached application form and post or take it to your local Midland branch.
▪ Of classical style this piece was certainly an import and it reveals the high quality of the Roman art form.
▪ Animation is one of the most labor-intensive art forms.
▪ It's the only remaining art form.
▪ Movies are the modern art form.
▪ Music is quite unlike any other art form.
▪ Ronald Reagan turned it into an art form.
▪ This little episode shows how Norman regarded the stress which accompanies any art form when it has been seriously undertaken.
▪ Carrying a grudge here is an art form.
▪ The prizes will be awarded to the individual or company named on the winning entry form.
▪ Turn to page 29 of your wine list for the three simple questions and entry form.
▪ All entries must be on an official entry form and legible.
▪ Make sure that you indicate your preferred Trail location on your entry form.
▪ There's more about the team award on page 94, plus a priority entry form.
▪ The offer's open only while stocks last so hurry to post off the order form.
▪ Customers can call the phone-order number to receive a yachting order form.
▪ Simply fill in the order form at the end of this section and you could be using your discs the next day.
▪ Cheryl Carey said she was sometimes embarrassed to pass around order forms for merchandise.
▪ Yours sincerely Dear I am returning your invoice because I do not have an order form to set it against.
▪ See the order form for additional resources.
▪ There is a Banker's Order form attached to this leaflet which you can use.
▪ Quote code reference TRI-R on the order form.
▪ Staff were asked at this time to complete a form indicating whether or not they wished to relocate.
▪ Write this one: Please complete and send the form with $ 200 for dues.
▪ The team member on duty who had completed the initial referral form was also responsible for completing the pre-coded questionnaire.
▪ Contestants enter by completing an online form and short quiz.
▪ Following participation in the scheme, participants are requested to complete an evaluation form.
▪ Deadline for receipt of completed forms is Friday, February 14.
▪ To take advantage of this offer please complete the attached forms.
▪ As a first step, complete the application form in the booklet and return it to us.
▪ To apply, you need only fill in one simple form.
▪ During those terrible months after getting his pink slip, he filled out endless application forms.
▪ We filled in the acceptance form and phoned the school about a visit.
▪ They want to know how I found their address, but once I explain, he promises to fill out the form.
▪ Members are able to fill in a form to notify the Club that a litter is due to be whelped.
▪ The inmate simply fills out a proxy form and mails it to the county clerk.
▪ Now fill in the application form on pages 3 and 4 and detach these Notes.
▪ The agency's Tax Tour 2000 is crisscrossing the state to help taxpayers in small communities fill out their forms.
▪ Diligence on the dependence takes two forms.
▪ But in 1980 they seemed to take on an alien form.
▪ Slowly the new structure took form.
▪ This approach took the form of an attempt to rationalize phenomena and explain them within the framework of general hypotheses.
▪ Why did it begin, and why did it take the form it did?
▪ This takes the form of an ironic critique ostensibly illustrating the superiority of Philips's pastorals to Pope's.
▪ It took the form of a hemisphere, with a face carved on the inner surface.
bad form
▪ It's bad form to say "I told you so" when a friend ignores your advice and makes a fool of himself.
▪ He asked Billy what he thought the worst form of execution was.
▪ Like the institutionalized human being, it faces the problem of leisure in its worst form: it has nothing to do.
▪ Self-interest was the worst sin and slaveholding was the worst form of self-interest.
▪ Tainting the courts with politics is very bad form, but apparently irresistible.
▪ The most terrible bad form. 5.
▪ They need an exorcist to figure out what in the devil possessed them to return to their worst form from last season.
▪ We all now agree with Churchill's adage: democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.
▪ Wilful impediment of the sacred moves was not only ill-mannered, but the worst form of blasphemy.
form (a) part of sth
▪ Here it forms part of a longer account of man's history from his creation, as in Genesis.
▪ In such meetings the deep structures rise to the surface and form part of the main agenda.
▪ Objectives form part of the technology of the teaching process.
▪ Software can form part of an organisation's assets, but may need continual adaptation and enhancement in order to keep it effective.
▪ The remainder of the canal also forms part of the course of the Birmingham Century Marathon.
▪ They will merely form part of the background.
▪ This book forms part of a Thames & Hudson series, Masters of Art.
form/mode/style of address
▪ Besides that, he used the intimate form of address, tum.
▪ Both were perceived as amoral sources of power which responded more or less predictably to specific modes of address.
▪ Even in a formal business letter you should use a personal and human form of address.
▪ He stuttered nervously before managing to answer herand when he did, he used the masculine form of address.
▪ Seating arrangements at conferences, forms of address and other issues of this kind remained a continual source of potential difficulty.
▪ The effect of this intense focus on modes of address is that personal pronouns become unusually prominent.
▪ The patient should be told of the mode of address used in that particular hospital for professional staff.
▪ Without the royal family, titles would be just that - forms of address for the self-important to dignify themselves.
make/turn sth into an art form
▪ Ronald Reagan turned it into an art form.
▪ To avoid simultaneous borrowing and depositing you should monitor how accurate your forecasting is, without turning this into an art form.
new-made/new-formed/new-laid etc
newly elected/formed/arrived etc
▪ A number of firms may also have had problems in achieving the synergies expected of newly formed structures.
▪ As he waits for the computer to load up the programmes, he scans the rolls of newly arrived faxes.
▪ Balmy, near-equatorial currents from Panthalassa rushed between the sundered continents along the newly formed Tethyan Seaway.
▪ I knew that the press was doing a selling job when we supported a newly arrived unit from Hawaii.
▪ The newly formed opposition coalition insisted it was the majority and kept the original day and time.
▪ The amnesty was reportedly requested by the newly elected local councils of Rangamati, Bandarban and Khagrachbari.
▪ Then the elite persuaded the newly elected mayor to appoint a committee to lay the groundwork for redevelopment.
▪ Workshops and initiatives for the newly arrived civil engineers, tile-makers and labourers did not materialise.
not in any shape or form
not in any way, shape, or form
▪ I am not responsible for his actions in any way, shape, or form.
true to form/type
▪ And true to form Graham Sale lost no time in capitalising on an opportunity presenting Douglas Hurd with his own clock.
▪ At Peniel the blessing runs true to form.
▪ It is not really worth saving seeds from F1 hybrids or from most fruit varieties as these rarely reproduce true to type.
▪ Now to see if he is true to form.
▪ Only Joffre himself, true to form, seemed unaffected by it all.
▪ Such subtlety would be true to form for a scorpion, after all.
▪ Unlike other cereals, rye is cross-fertilized and does not remain true to type.
▪ With luck, this one would run true to form.
▪ a college application form
▪ Britain has a constitutional form of government.
▪ Dark forms seemed to hide behind the trees.
▪ I'm in the third form.
▪ Johnson is far from his past form and may not make the Olympic team.
▪ Just fill in the form and take it along to your local bank.
▪ Make sure you sign and date the form before you return it.
▪ Melanoma is a form of skin cancer.
▪ Mrs Davies took the fifth form to the science museum.
▪ Pour the cement into the wooden form.
▪ She's by far the brightest pupil in the form.
▪ Sleeping forms lay in groups and rows on the earth floor.
▪ Some of the fifth- formers have started a rock band.
▪ Sugar in chocolate and other forms of confectionery is one of the major causes of tooth decay.
▪ The book discusses what the ideal female form has been for different centuries and cultures.
▪ The nurse asked her to sign the consent form.
▪ The painting consists of a series of interlocking forms.
▪ The visa requires an application form and two photos.
▪ Writers such as Henry James are concerned with form as well as content.
▪ Animation is one of the most labor-intensive art forms.
▪ Antibacterial treatments can take the form of baths, external application to affected areas, injection and oral administration via the food.
▪ As early as 1844, Alfred Donne published a compendium of drawings made from daguerreotypes of microscopic forms.
▪ But like all Balkan political survivors, Milosevic has made an art form of knowing when to switch sides.
▪ How, then, do we account for these very different responses to the different forms of cheating?
▪ However, most of the research has relied upon a narrow and traditional form of grammar teaching.
▪ The bodies which are most obviously subject to various forms of public accountability are central government departments and local authorities.
▪ She was too fragile to form an alliance with large, strong, fully made Deborah.
▪ They use cunning, and above all they form alliances.
▪ So the three political groups must now decide if they're to form alliances to push through some sort of compromise package.
▪ The company would be interested in forming alliances to allow television companies use its lines to transmit information.
▪ Firms form regional alliances either generally or for the provision of specific services whether for clients or for the firms themselves.
▪ The council is politically hung, which means that the parties had to form alliances to get a budget voted through.
▪ The sexes form different kinds of association for breeding in different species; some are monogamous, others polygynous, others polyandrous.
▪ Legal systems suppliers have recently formed a trade association that has been welcomed in the profession to encourage liaison and co-ordination.
▪ Or, they form their own associations without being prompted and rewarded.
▪ Many of these children come from families which do not readily form themselves into associations and pressure groups.
▪ They are not forming stimulus-response associations.
▪ The new law on association allowed citizens to form associations without prior approval of the Interior Ministry.
▪ He entered the elite Waseda University, where he formed a rock band with some friends, but he later dropped out.
▪ We're forming this new band, and guess what it's called - Galactic Outbursts!
▪ Meanwhile, Giap faced the task of forming guerrilla bands, which would ultimately become the core of an army.
▪ Divide the children up into groups for a game and then tell them that you are going to form a marching band.
▪ Make some noise, form a band, whatever.
▪ She returned to New York in 1983, forming a new big band by Tabackin.
▪ This diet now forms the basis of the Gerson Cancer Therapy.
▪ Competition between processing elements could form the basis for learning, also.
▪ Attached in appendix A are the questions which formed the basis of the interview.
▪ The federal standards frequently form the basis for these laws.
▪ This process continued to form the basis for planning.
▪ As narrow and mundane as the questions may sound, they ultimately form the basis for modern society.
▪ Since spectrometry forms the basis of most analytical techniques to be described it must first be defined.
▪ It is individual characters that form the basis for dictionary entries.
▪ Under these conditions, however, ethylene forms short chains or rings, rather than the long chains of the solid polymer.
▪ Rally organizers with colored arm-bands link hands, forming a human chain at the crosswalks.
▪ We can form a human chain of Berliners along the Wall which no one dare break, nomatterhow many soldiers they send.
▪ Primary structure refers to the joining of the amino acids through peptide bonds to form polypeptide chains.
▪ The policy process is dynamic, with inputs, conversion, outputs and feedback forming a continuous chain.
▪ The edge of the overriding plate is crumpled and uplifted to form a mountain chain parallel to the trench.
▪ These may be simple or complex, forming saddles when intermediate chains are shortened.
▪ In some minerals two single chains are combined to form double chains, in which the chains are linked by cations.
▪ Big business joined together to form a climate change coalition to lobby successfully against the protocol.
▪ They form a coalition of historic losers.
▪ Shevardnadze was expected to set about forming a coalition among some of the 36 parties which had contested parliamentary seats.
▪ The newly formed opposition coalition insisted it was the majority and kept the original day and time.
▪ The Churches have formed a coalition to speak on behalf of the thousands of homeless people in this country.
▪ Leaders of several parties might form a coalition in order to secure majority support for certain policies.
▪ Thus grooming partners may form a coalition during agonistic encounters.
▪ Their convictions have led the Feminists for Life to form coalitions with all sorts of odd bedfellows.
▪ In June 1788 Clarkson proposed that the London committee promote widespread agitation through forming local committees.
▪ Killian said he will form an oversight committee to watch the effect of the legislation and change it if problems arise.
▪ They've formed an action committee to try to recover the funds.
▪ The company said it formed a committee to begin searching for a replacement for Edwards.
▪ Quackenbush, 43, has not announced a reelection bid but has formed a campaign committee.
▪ Any two Directors can form the Routine Business Committee.
▪ Simultaneously, they chose block committees, established communal kitchens, organized working parties, and formed a camp welfare committee.
▪ It recently merged with a Wigan-based firm to form a new company called Longwall International.
▪ In 1993, Rusakova formed her own company.
▪ Grant, 35, and his longtime girlfriend, actress-model Elizabeth Hurley, have formed their own production company, Simian Films.
▪ Enough, he hoped, to form several companies and carry on the fight, using guerrilla tactics.
▪ Together, they form a hugely powerful company, as Jean-Pierre Garnier, the chief executive, was keen to explain.
▪ Rulers come and go; governments end and forms of government change; but sovereignty survives.
▪ But if MacDonald did form a government, the Liberals would sit on the Opposition benches.
▪ Mr Erbakan has 45 days to form a government.
▪ A new lobbying group has been formed to press the Government for tougher action on climate change.
▪ In the event, Wellington failed to form a government.
▪ If there is a party with an absolute majority in the lower house it will form the government.
▪ If there are many males and females in the group, the males form a separate hierarchy above that of the females.
▪ Somehow, they knew that it was much more than a hunch that this group must somehow form a family.
▪ At staff functions at Burleigh, little groups tended to form.
▪ The working group was formed in 1986 and during its working period several reports appeared on the same topic.
▪ After signalling each group of letters forming one word, you must return to this position.
▪ On the side streets up to Sixty-third, other groups are forming.
▪ Hickson hopes this will form the nucleus of a self-help group.
▪ Gangs, particularly of white youths, formed definite nuclei for crowd and mob formations.
▪ Meadow Mill now forms the nucleus of a small trading estate.
▪ In the beginning of the chapter he calls the 12 disciples who will form the nucleus of the Church.
▪ This, under the control of the inference engine, forms the system nucleus.
▪ These titles have formed the nucleus basis of an educational website.
▪ The alignment of polymer chains at specific distances from one another to form crystalline nuclei will be assisted when intermolecular forces are strong.
▪ There they coalesce to form a single nucleus.
▪ It is the auditor's responsibility to form an opinion on the truth and fairness of the accounts.
▪ They respect that you have a mind and you can form your own opinions.
▪ Nor that we should not form opinions or make evaluations.
▪ He conceded to Franceschelli that actually being present during the autopsy might have given him better information to form an opinion.
▪ He might well have formed his own opinion but he knew that would not bear cross-examination at some later date.
▪ So gather information about your child, rather than forming opinions and judgments.
▪ I formed the opinion that there was absolutely nothing undesirable in the case.
▪ I formed my own opinion, and was pleased with this Constitution....
▪ They form part of a distinctive culture.
▪ It formed a small part of a high-domed head from which the big ears stuck out almost at right angles.
▪ Nursing practice forms an integral part of learning to nurse and is a crucial element in nursing studies.
▪ This work forms part of the remit of John Hart, Assistant Director.
▪ For the moment, she forms part of a privileged minority who have a home in the real Prado.
▪ That forms the final part of our Strategic Intent.
▪ The study of other photographers' work will form an important part of the course.
▪ It forms a part of a man's life, more deeply ingrained as he matures.
▪ They formed a partnership solely to enter the competition, and did no other work together.
▪ In February 1994, the hospitals agreed to form a partnership, with a single chief executive and a joint bottom line.
▪ It certainly is a trial - a trial in living together and forming a partnership.
▪ Publishers are agonizing and divided over whether to form partnerships with the new ventures or take them on as competitors.
▪ We have since formed a partnership and employ a young labourer to do all the preparation work.
▪ Pension funds also can help California firms to break into more global markets by forming partnerships.
▪ He formed no partnership with Wakelin: that the childless Wickes reserved for his protégé, Samuel Netherton, in 1750.
▪ Some think he will form a partnership with Hyundai or Daewoo.
▪ After he became vice president, Rutskoi decided to form a new political party on the basis of his parliamentary fraction.
▪ Mazzocchi formed Labor Party Advocates with that in mind.
▪ The National Assembly on Dec. 6 enacted a law affirming the right to form political parties and simplifying registration procedures.
▪ They have already tried apolitical approach, forming a party in 1985.
▪ Orton Chirwa formed an opposition party in exile.
▪ Ironically, Perot could have avoided the petition process in Maine had he decided to form his party sooner.
▪ She married, converted to a form of Buddhism and entered politics, forming a new party for the lower castes.
▪ Lamm praised Perot for forming the party.
▪ Jenny had formed relationships with several boyfriends, but these usually ended because she became over-dependent.
▪ Scott also began to form a few close relationships with other kids at school.
▪ The others lack the faculties to stay in sport and so lose the option to form a stable relationship with the coach.
▪ Even Berry Brazelton needed that in order to form strong relationships with his own children.
▪ Several in both groups were lesbian, some because they had formed such relationships in approved school or Borstal.
▪ Although widely traveled in the company, he seemed to have formed few relationships with either his subordinates or superiors.
▪ He seemed incapable of forming any relationships.
▪ The student had formed a relationship with the rabbits she could reach and accompanied their feeding with petting and talking to them.
▪ The newly formed society of Jesuits were fanatical witch-hunters but even the great reformers were not far behind.
▪ Outvoted, they left the congregation in 1825 and formed the Reformed Society of Israelites.
▪ A crowd was beginning to form at the scene of the accident.
▪ Aspirin stops heart attacks by preventing blood clots from forming.
▪ Coal is formed naturally from decomposed organic matter.
▪ Events in early childhood help to form our personalities in later life.
▪ Hydrogen and oxygen combine to form water.
▪ IBM formed an alliance with Lotus, a software maker.
▪ In English the past tense is usually formed by adding "ed."
▪ Long lines formed outside the ticket offices.
▪ Newton's theories form the basis of modern mathematics.
▪ Oils produced by the skin form a protective barrier against infection and disease.
▪ Our house and the barn form a big "L."
▪ Rice forms the most important part of their diet.
▪ She cut away the corners to form a circle.
▪ The ions combine with proteins to form a reddish-colored complex.
▪ The Rio Grande forms the boundary between Texas and Mexico.
▪ The rocks were formed more than 4 billion years ago.
▪ The United Nations was formed in 1945.
▪ With a few clever twists, he had formed the balloon into the shape of a dog.
▪ Acquisitions have formed an important part of the strategy and will continue to do so.
▪ And, of course, mania usually alternates with depression, to form a bipolar disorder.
▪ Governors must decide whether this subject is to form part of the curriculum for their school.
▪ Imagine how, when and where this formed, and its temporal and spatial journey.
▪ Out of one of my women's courses I attended, a consciousness-raising group was formed.
▪ The exchange is owned by its shareholders, who form a separate membership.
▪ These foods should only be eaten occasionally; they should not form the basis of your diet. 11.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Form \Form\ (f[=o]rm; in senses 8 & 9, often f[=o]rm in England), n. [OE. & F. forme, fr. L. forma; cf. Skr. dhariman. Cf. Firm.]

  1. The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance.

    The form of his visage was changed.
    --Dan. iii. 19.

    And woven close close, both matter, form, and style.

  2. Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.

  3. Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.

    Those whom form of laws Condemned to die.

  4. Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.

    Though well we may not pass upon his life Without the form of justice.

  5. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.

    The earth was without form and void.
    --Gen. i. 2.

    He hath no form nor comeliness.
    --Is. liii. 2.

  6. A shape; an image; a phantom.

  7. That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.

  8. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society. ``Ladies of a high form.''
    --Bp. Burnet.

  9. The seat or bed of a hare.

    As in a form sitteth a weary hare.

  10. (Print.) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.

  11. (Fine Arts) The boundary line of a material object. In (painting), more generally, the human body.

  12. (Gram.) The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.

  13. (Crystallog.) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.

  14. (Metaph.) That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.

  15. Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.

  16. (Biol.) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.

    Good form or Bad form, the general appearance, condition or action, originally of horses, afterwards of persons; as, the members of a boat crew are said to be in good form when they pull together uniformly. The phrases are further used colloquially in description of conduct or manners in society; as, it is not good form to smoke in the presence of a lady.


Form \Form\ (f[^o]rm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Formed (f[^o]rmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Forming.] [F. former, L. formare, fr. forma. See Form, n.]

  1. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.

    God formed man of the dust of the ground.
    --Gen. ii. 7.

    The thought that labors in my forming brain.

  2. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.

    'T is education forms the common mind.

    Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.

  3. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.

    The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far the majority.

  4. To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.

    The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.

  5. (Gram.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.

  6. (Elec.) To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.


Form \Form\, v. i.

  1. To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.

  2. To run to a form, as a hare.
    --B. Jonson.

    To form on (Mil.), to form a lengthened line with reference to (any given object) as a basis.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, formen, fourmen, "create, give life to, give shape or structure to; make, build, construct, devise," from Old French fourmer "formulate, express; draft, create, shape, mold" (12c.) and directly from Latin formare "to shape, fashion, build," also figurative, from forma "form, contour, figure, shape" (see form (n.)). From late 14c. as "go to make up, be a constituent part of;" intransitive sense "take form, come into form" is from 1722. Related: Formed; forming.


c.1200, forme, fourme, "semblance, image, likeness," from Old French forme, fourme, "physical form, appearance; pleasing looks; shape, image; way, manner" (12c.), from Latin forma "form, contour, figure, shape; appearance, looks; a fine form, beauty; an outline, a model, pattern, design; sort, kind condition," a word of unknown origin. One theory holds that it is from or cognate with Greek morphe "form, beauty, outward appearance" (see Morpheus) via Etruscan [Klein].\n

\nFrom c.1300 as "physical shape (of something), contour, outline," of a person, "shape of the body;" also "appearance, likeness;" also "the imprint of an object." From c.1300 as "correct or appropriate way of doing something; established procedure; traditional usage; formal etiquette." Mid-14c. as "instrument for shaping; a mould;" late 14c. as "way in which something is done," also "pattern of a manufactured object." Used widely from late 14c. in theology and Platonic philosophy with senses "archetype of a thing or class; Platonic essence of a thing; the formative principle." From c.1300 in law, "a legal agreement; terms of agreement," later "a legal document" (mid-14c.). Meaning "a document with blanks to be filled in" is from 1855. From 1590s as "systematic or orderly arrangement;" from 1610s as "mere ceremony." From 1550s as "a class or rank at school" (from sense "a fixed course of study," late 14c.). Form-fitting (adj.) in reference to clothing is from 1893.


n. 1 (label en heading physical) To do with shape. 2 # The shape or visible structure of a thing or person. vb. (lb en transitive) To give shape or visible structure to (a thing or person).

  1. v. to compose or represent:"This wall forms the background of the stage setting"; "The branches made a roof"; "This makes a fine introduction" [syn: constitute, make]

  2. create (as an entity); "social groups form everywhere"; "They formed a company" [syn: organize, organise]

  3. develop into a distinctive entity; "our plans began to take shape" [syn: take form, take shape, spring]

  4. give a shape or form to; "shape the dough" [syn: shape]

  5. make something, usually for a specific function; "She molded the riceballs carefully"; "Form cylinders from the dough"; "shape a figure"; "Work the metal into a sword" [syn: shape, work, mold, mould, forge]

  6. establish or impress firmly in the mind; "We imprint our ideas onto our children" [syn: imprint]

  7. give shape to; "form the clay into a head" [ant: deform]

  1. n. the phonological or orthographic sound or appearance of a word that can be used to describe or identify something; "the inflected forms of a word can be represented by a stem and a list of inflections to be attached" [syn: word form, signifier, descriptor]

  2. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?" [syn: kind, sort, variety]

  3. a perceptual structure; "the composition presents problems for students of musical form"; "a visual pattern must include not only objects but the spaces between them" [syn: shape, pattern]

  4. any spatial attributes (especially as defined by outline); "he could barely make out their shapes through the smoke" [syn: shape, configuration, contour, conformation]

  5. alternative names for the body of a human being; "Leonardo studied the human body"; "he has a strong physique"; "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" [syn: human body, physical body, material body, soma, build, figure, physique, anatomy, shape, bod, chassis, frame, flesh]

  6. the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance; "geometry is the mathematical science of shape" [syn: shape]

  7. the visual appearance of something or someone; "the delicate cast of his features" [syn: shape, cast]

  8. (physical chemistry) a distinct state of matter in a system; matter that is identical in chemical composition and physical state and separated from other material by the phase boundary; "the reaction occurs in the liquid phase of the system" [syn: phase]

  9. a printed document with spaces in which to write; "he filled out his tax form"

  10. (biology) a group of organisms within a species that differ in trivial ways from similar groups; "a new strain of microorganisms" [syn: variant, strain, var.]

  11. an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"

  12. a particular mode in which something is manifested; "his resentment took the form of extreme hostility"

  13. a body of students who are taught together; "early morning classes are always sleepy" [syn: class, grade]

  14. an ability to perform well; "he was at the top of his form"; "the team was off form last night"

  15. a life-size dummy used to display clothes [syn: mannequin, manikin, mannikin, manakin]

  16. a mold for setting concrete; "they built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation"


FORM may refer to:

  • FORM (symbolic manipulation system), a symbolic manipulation system.
  • FORM (arts organisation), a Western Australian arts organisation
  • First-order reliability method, a method to evaluate the reliability of a civil engineering structure
Form (religion)

In academic discussions of organized religion, the term form is sometimes used to describe prescriptions or norms on religious practice.

Form (HTML)

A webform, web form or HTML form on a web page allows a user to enter data that is sent to a server for processing. Forms can resemble paper or database forms because web users fill out the forms using checkboxes, radio buttons, or text fields. For example, forms can be used to enter shipping or credit card data to order a product, or can be used to retrieve search results from a search engine.

Form (zoology)
This article is not about formal zoological nomenclature; it describes terms that are sometimes used, but that have no standing under the ICZN.

In zoology, the word "form" or forma (literally Latin for form) is a strictly informal term that is sometimes used to describe organisms. Under the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature the term has no standing (it is not accepted). In other words, although form names are Latin, and are sometimes wrongly appended to a binomial name, in a zoological context, forms have no taxonomic significance at all.

Form (botany)

In botanical nomenclature, a form (forma, plural formae) is one of the "secondary" taxonomic ranks, below that of variety, which in turn is below that of species; it is an infraspecific taxon. If more than three ranks are listed in describing a taxon, the "classification" is being specified, but only three parts make up the "name" of the taxon: a genus name, a specific epithet, and an infraspecific epithet.

The abbreviation "f." or the full "forma" should be put before the infraspecific epithet to indicate the rank. It is not italicised.

For example:

  • Acanthocalycium spiniflorum f. klimpelianum or
    • Acanthocalycium spiniflorum forma klimpelianum (Weidlich & Werderm.) Donald
  • Crataegus aestivalis (Walter) Torr. & A.Gray var. cerasoides Sarg. f. luculenta Sarg. is a classification of a plant whose name is:
    • Crataegus aestivalis (Walter) Torr. & A.Gray f. luculenta Sarg.

A form usually designates a group with a noticeable morphological deviation. The usual taxonomic practice is that the individuals classified within the form are not necessarily known to be closely related (they may not form a clade). For instance, white-flowered plants of species that usually have coloured flowers can be grouped and named (e.g., as "f. alba"). Formae apomicticae are sometimes named among plants that reproduce asexually, by apomixis. There are theoretically countless numbers of forms based on minor genetic differences, and only a few that have particular significance are likely to be named.

Form (document)

A form is a document with spaces (also named fields or placeholders) in which to write or select, for a series of documents with similar contents. The documents usually have the printed parts in common, possibly except for a serial number.

Forms, when completed, may be a statement, a request, an order, etc.; a check may be a form. Also there are forms for taxes; filling one in is a duty to have determined how much tax one owes, and/or the form is a request for a refund. See also Tax return.

Forms may be filled out in duplicate (or triplicate, meaning three times) when the information gathered on the form needs to be distributed to several departments within an organization. This can be done using carbon paper.

Form (horse racing)

In horse racing, the form of a horse is a record of significant events, mainly its performance in previous races. The form may identify the horse's sire, dam and wider pedigree. It is used by tipsters and punters as an aid in the prediction of its performance in future races.

A typical way of showing a horse's form, as published in newspapers and other media, is shown here.

Number Colours Form Horse Name Age Weight Trainer Jockey
3 image 43-2F1 Mill Reef 3 11-12 A.Smith L.Piggott
7 image 680U54 Glue Pot 3 11-10 B.Brown F.Dettori

Abbreviations used to decode the Form column can include:


The position the horse finished in a race


Finished outside the top 9


Pulled up (reined in as horse may be too tired/injured, or horse may just stop running)




Slipped Up




Brought down


Unseated rider


Separates years, i.e. left of this is from previous year, e.g. Dec 06 - Jan 07


Separates racing seasons, i.e. left of this is from the season before last

Form is arranged chronologically from left (oldest) to right (newest).

So, in the example above, the horse Mill Reef gained a fourth place, followed by a third, then took some time out from racing, then gained a second followed by falling in the next race, and its latest result was a win.

Form (computer virus)

Form was a boot sector virus isolated in Switzerland in the summer of 1990 which became very common worldwide. The origin of Form is widely listed as Switzerland, but this may be an assumption based on its isolation locale. The only notable characteristics of Form are that it infects the boot sector instead of the Master Boot Record (MBR) and the clicking noises associated with some infections. Infections under Form can result in severe data damage if operating system characteristics are not identical to those Form assumes.

It is notable for arguably being the most common virus in the world for a period during the early 1990s.

Form (exercise)
See Kata for "Form" as used in the context of martial arts.

Form is a specific way of performing a movement, often a strength training exercise, to avoid injury, prevent cheating and increase strength.

FORM (symbolic manipulation system)

FORM is a symbolic manipulation system. It reads text files containing definitions of mathematical expressions as well as statements that tell it how to manipulate these expressions. Its original author is Jos Vermaseren of Nikhef, the Dutch institute for subatomic physics. It is widely used in the theoretical particle physics community, but it is not restricted to applications in this specific field.

FORM (arts organisation)

FORM is a Western Australian arts organisation that delivers programming tailored to specific communities throughout the state.

Form (education)

A form is a class or grouping of pupils in a school. The term is used predominantly in the United Kingdom, although some schools, mostly private, in other countries also use the title. Pupils are usually grouped in forms according to age and will remain with the same group for a number of years, or sometimes their entire school career. In North America, the 1st Form (or sometimes 'Form I') is equivalent to 7th Grade.

Forms are normally identified by a number such as "first form" or " sixth form". A form number may be used for two year groups and differentiated by the terms upper and lower. The sixth form is the senior form of a school. In England, the 6th Form is usually divided into two year groups: the lower sixth and upper sixth, owing to the 3-year English college/university system. In Scotland or North America, the 6th form is usually a single year, owing to the 4-year college/university system. If there is more than one form for each year group they will normally be differentiated by letters, e.g., "upper four B", "lower two Y". Schools do not follow a consistent pattern in naming forms.

Another common identification for form, and one of the most common in New Zealand, is the number of the year they are in, followed by the initials of the teacher who takes the form class. E.g., a Year 7 form whose teacher is John Smith would be 7JS (or 7SJ or 7SM if there is already another teacher in the school with the initials JS). Alternatively, some schools use "vertical" form classes where pupils across several year groups from the same school house are grouped together. In this case, the numeral is replaced with the first letter of the house name (e.g. RJS for a Red House form class whose teacher is John Smith).

Form (programming)

In component-based programming ( Visual Basic, .NET WinForms, Delphi, Lazarus etc.), a form is a representation of a GUI window. A form contains components and controls typically including "OK" and "Cancel" buttons, these objects provide a high-level abstraction of standard or custom widgets which are typically much easier to manipulate than the GUI's underlying API.

At design time, visual controls (buttons, text boxes, and the like) and non-visual components (timers, database connections, layout aids and so on) are placed on the form. These controls and components are positioned and sized interactively, and their properties and event handlers are set with a special editor typically laid out as a grid.

At runtime, automatically generated code creates instances of these controls and components, and sets their properties.

Historically, forms were often implemented as screens on a block-oriented terminal connected to a mainframe computer. HTML forms are conceptually very similar.

Usage examples of "form".

Hitler and Mussolini was dead, but a new form of it was condoned and abetted abroad by the United States government.

Guillaume Erard unfolded a double sheet of paper, and read Jeanne the form of abjuration, written down according to the opinion of the masters.

For if invocations, conjurations, fumigations and adorations are used, then an open pact is formed with the devil, even if there has been no surrender of body and soul together with explicit abjuration of the Faith either wholly or in part.

We are willing to absolve you from them provided that first, with a sincere heart and unfeigned faith, in our presence you abjure, curse and detest the said errors and heresies, and every other error and heresy contrary to the Catholic and Apostolic Church in the manner and form we will prescribe to you.

In response to his gesture, eyes now fully formed and ablaze, the two clouds of sooty vapor that had been hovering impatiently by his steel-booted feet ballooned to the size of black buffalo as they sped gleefully away from the dais to intercept the impudent, foolhardy human.

All the while the shaft of phosphorescence from the well was getting brighter and brighter, bringing to the minds of the huddled men, a sense of doom and abnormality which far outraced any image their conscious minds could form.

The results are abnormally developed brains, delicate forms, sensitive nerves and shortened lives.

At the autopsy it was found that an abscess communicating with the trachea had been formed in the pharynx and esophagus.

On the twenty-sixth day an abscess formed on the left side below the nipple, and from it was discharged a large quantity of pus and blood.

Idea to hearth and home, it would become a new thing, for it would cease to be the thing apart, the ground of all else, the receptacle of absolutely any and every form.

In a variety of analogous forms in different countries throughout Europe, the patrimonial and absolutist state was the political form required to rule feudal social relations and relations of production.

Leafy green vegetables are the most absorbable form of calcium for both cows and humans.

After a leaf had been left in a weak infusion of raw meat for 10 hours, the cells of the papillae had evidently absorbed animal matter, for instead of limpid fluid they now contained small aggregated masses of protoplasm, which slowly and incessantly changed their forms.

A plant of Drosera, with the edges of its leaves curled inwards, so as to form a temporary stomach, with the glands of the closely inflected tentacles pouring forth their acid secretion, which dissolves animal matter, afterwards to be absorbed, may be said to feed like an animal.

As, however, the aggregation caused by this salt travels down the tentacles at a quicker rate than when insoluble particles are placed on the glands, it is probable that ammonia in some form is absorbed not only by the glands, but passes down the tentacles.