Meaning of AMORPHOUS in English


əˈmȯrfəs, -ȯ(ə)f- adjective

also amor·phose -ˌfōs

Etymology: Greek amorphos, from a- a- (II) + morphē form — more at form


a. : without definite form or shape : formless

an amorphous cloud of dust

an amorphous mass

b. : without clearly drawn limits : not precisely indicated or established

an amorphous boundary

c. : without definite nature or character : not allowing clear classification or analysis : unclassifiable

cities having swollen into amorphous agglomerations — Siegfried Giedion

that indefinite amorphous thing called the consuming public — John Dewey

d. : without organization : without cohesion : lacking unity

an amorphous mass of frightened fugitives — J.W.Aldridge

an amorphous style of writing

e. : without a clearly defined direction, purpose, or controlling influence

lifeless and amorphous routine — Phyllis Ackerman

growth is not amorphous , but restricted by a limited number of physical laws — Herbert Read



(1) : without real or apparent crystalline form : uncrystallized — used especially of supercooled liquids (as glasses) and colloidal substances

amorphous sulfur


(2) : without crystal structure

an amorphous mineral

b. : without division in parts such as that effected by stratification or cleavage

c. : without developed organization — used chiefly of the lower forms of life

• amor·phous·ly adverb

• amor·phous·ness noun -es

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.