Meaning of FORM in English

I. ˈfȯrm noun

Etymology: Middle English forme, from Anglo-French furme, forme, from Latin forma form, beauty

Date: 13th century


a. : the shape and structure of something as distinguished from its material

b. : a body (as of a person) especially in its external appearance or as distinguished from the face : figure

c. archaic : beauty

2. : the essential nature of a thing as distinguished from its matter: as

a. : idea 1a

b. : the component of a thing that determines its kind


a. : established method of expression or proceeding : procedure according to rule or rote ; also : a standard or expectation based on past experience : precedent

true to form , the champions won again

b. : a prescribed and set order of words : formula

the form of the marriage service

4. : a printed or typed document with blank spaces for insertion of required or requested information

tax form s



(1) : conduct regulated by extraneous controls (as of custom or etiquette) : ceremony

(2) : show without substance

b. : manner or conduct as tested by a prescribed or accepted standard

rudeness is simply bad form

c. : manner or style of performing or accomplishing according to recognized standards of technique

a strong swimmer but weak on form


a. : the resting place or nest of a hare

b. : a long seat : bench


a. : a supporting frame model of the human figure or part (as the torso) of the human figure usually used for displaying apparel

b. : a proportioned and often adjustable model for fitting clothes

c. : a mold in which concrete is placed to set

8. : the printing type or other matter arranged and secured in a chase ready for printing


a. : one of the different modes of existence, action, or manifestation of a particular thing or substance : kind

one form of respiratory disorder

a form of art

b. : a distinguishable group of organisms

c. : linguistic form

d. : one of the different aspects a word may take as a result of inflection or change of spelling or pronunciation

verbal form s

e. : a mathematical expression of a particular type

a bilinear form

a polynomial form



(1) : orderly method of arrangement (as in the presentation of ideas) : manner of coordinating elements (as of an artistic production or course of reasoning)

(2) : a particular kind or instance of such arrangement

the sonnet is a poetical form

b. : pattern , schema

arguments of the same logical form

c. : the structural element, plan, or design of a work of art — compare content 2c

d. : a visible and measurable unit defined by a contour : a bounded surface or volume

11. : a grade in a British school or in some American private schools



(1) : the past performance of a race horse

(2) : racing form

b. : known ability to perform

a singer at the top of her form

c. : condition suitable for performing (as in athletic competition)

back on form

II. verb

Date: 13th century

transitive verb


a. : to give a particular shape to : shape or mold into a certain state or after a particular model

form the dough into a ball

a state form ed along republican lines

b. : to arrange themselves in

the dancers form ed a line

c. : to model by instruction and discipline

a mind form ed by classical education

2. : to give form or shape to : fashion , construct

3. : to serve to make up or constitute : be an essential or basic element of

4. : develop , acquire

form a habit

5. : to arrange in order : draw up


a. : to assume an inflection so as to produce (as a tense)

form s the past in -ed

b. : to combine to make (a compound word)

intransitive verb

1. : to become formed or shaped

2. : to take form : come into existence : arise

3. : to take on a definite form, shape, or arrangement

• form·abil·i·ty ˌfȯr-mə-ˈbi-lə-tē noun

• form·able ˈfȯr-mə-bəl adjective

- form on

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.