Crossword clues for formation
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Formation \For*ma"tion\ (f[o^]r*m[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. formatio: cf. F. formation.]
The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.
The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart.
A substance formed or deposited.
Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations.
A group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation.
(Mil.) The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "vital force in plants and animals;" early 15c., "act of creating or making," from Old French formacion "formation, fashioning, creation" (12c.) or directly from Latin formationem (nominative formatio) "a forming, shaping," noun of action or condition from past participle stem of formare "to form," from forma (see form (n.)). Meaning that which is formed or created" is from 1640s. In geology, "group of rocks having a similar origin or character," 1815. Related: Formational.
n. 1 Something possessing structure or form. 2 The act of assembling a group or structure. 3 (context geology English) A rock or face of a mountain. 4 (context military English) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc. 5 (context military English) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation". 6 The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.
n. an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
a particular spatial arrangement
the fabrication of something in a particular shape [syn: shaping]
the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club" [syn: constitution, establishment, organization, organisation]
(geology) the geological features of the earth [syn: geological formation]
natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
creation by mental activity; "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"
In association football, the formation describes how the players in a team are positioned on the pitch. Different formations can be used depending on whether a team wishes to play more attacking or defensive football.
Formations are used in both professional and amateur football matches. Skill and discipline on the part of the players is also needed to implement a given formation effectively in professional football. Formations need to be chosen bearing in mind which players are available. Some of the formations below were created to address deficits or strengths in different types of players.
Formation may refer to:
- Formation flying, aerobatics performed with several aircraft
- Formation (military), a high-level military organization
- Tactical formation, the physical deployment of military forces
A formation in American football refers to the position players line up in before the start of a down. There are both offensive and defensive formations and there are many formations in both categories. Also
In mathematical group theory, a formation is a class of groups closed under taking images and such that if G/M and G/N are in the formation then so is G/M∩N. introduced formations to unify the theory of Hall subgroups and Carter subgroups of finite solvable groups.
Some examples of formations are the formation of p-groups for a prime p, the formation of π-groups for a set of primes π, and the formation of nilpotent groups.
Formation is the personal preparation that the Catholic Church offers to people with a defined mission, such as the priesthood or membership of a religious order such as the Society of Jesus. Such formation involves a program of spiritual and academic training. In the case of priestly formation, the typical location concerned is the seminary either operated by a Diocese for the purposes of training Diocesan or Secular clergy or operated by a religious order for the purpose of preparing its members for priestly ordination.
"Formation" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her sixth studio album Lemonade (2016). It was written by Khalif Brown, Jordan Frost, Asheton Hogan, Mike Will Made It and Beyoncé and produced by the latter two alongside Pluss. It served as the album's lead single, released on February 6, 2016 through Parkwood Entertainment. Music critics deemed it as Beyoncé's most political song.
The song's accompanying music video, directed by Melina Matsoukas premiered on the same day as the song itself through Beyoncé's official YouTube account. It received mixed response for its alleged anti-police stance, which the singer denied, in addition to controversy over documentary footage used in the video. However, some critics praised its depiction of African-Americans not frequently seen in mainstream media. In order to promote the song, Beyoncé performed it during her guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 halftime show the day after its premiere. Throughout 2016, Beyoncé launched her The Formation World Tour which was named in reference to the song.
Usage examples of "formation".
At the broad window, a few of the green priests were still talking with each other, pointing at rock formations.
Iraqi intelligence sources reported that Iranian forces in Khuzestan, which had formerly included two divisions distributed among Ahvaz, Dezful, and Abadan, now consisted of only a number of ill-equipped battalion-sized formations.
The people of Massachusetts were to have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves, and in an article intended to prevent the formation of a hereditary monarchy, an expanded version of a similar article in the Virginia constitution, Adams wrote: No man, nor corporation or association of men have any other title to obtain advantages or particular and exclusive privileges distinct from those of the community, than what arises from the consideration of services rendered to the public.
As at Talana Hill, regimental formation was largely gone, and men of the Manchesters, Gordons, and Imperial Light Horse surged upwards in one long ragged fringe, Scotchman, Englishman, and British Africander keeping pace in that race of death.
From some high ground affording a wide panoramic view Agassiz would explain to them the formation of lakes, islands, rivers, springs, water -sheds, hills, and valleys.
In 1857, an American named Collins came forward with a scheme for the formation of an Amur Railway Company, to lay a line from Irkutsk to Chita.
The three angelfish were already falling behind as they swam in stately formation toward the floating mountains that dominated the distant horizon.
At the head of this formation rode a small group of Ansar on fine Arab steeds, which had been lovingly curried until their hides shone in the sunlight like polished metal.
The seemingly random disposition of Chinese surface ships resolved into a classic amphibious operations and antiair formation.
But it was all Archaean country of great antiquity and I had no means of knowing how Mt Coondewanna had been formed or what changes in its formation had occurred over the millennia.
Above their heads, the domed-shaped ceiling has grown rows of needlelike teeth, the limestone formations creating majestic, archlike partitions and bizarre, jagged sculptures of rock.
Before the eyes of the five companions, twinkling lights appeared, spread in an arrowpoint formation behind the first beacon.
She was an astrogeologist who had done her doctoral thesis on comet formation.
The Vatican was the first Court which recognised the erection of Tuscany into the Kingdom of Etruria, and the formation of the Helvetic, Cisalpine, and Batavian Republics.
The scene on the sea could not be more tranquil: carriers, battleships, and their screening vessels spreading as far as the eye could see in afternoon sunshine, extending below the horizon north and south, gray familiar shapes of war steaming slowly in AA formation on the mildly foaming blue ocean.