Meaning of FORMATION in English

FORMATION

(~s)

1.

The ~ of something is the starting or creation of it.

...the ~ of a new government.

= creation

N-UNCOUNT: with supp, usu the N of n

2.

The ~ of an idea, habit, relationship, or character is the process of developing and establishing it.

My profession had an important influence in the ~ of my character and temperament.

= development

N-UNCOUNT: with supp

3.

If people or things are in ~, they are arranged in a particular pattern as they move.

He was flying in ~ with seven other jets...

N-COUNT: also a N, usu in N

4.

A rock or cloud ~ is rock or cloud of a particular shape or structure.

...a vast rock ~ shaped like a pillar...

Enormous cloud ~s formed a purple mass.

N-COUNT: n N

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