Meaning of FORMATION in English


— formational , adj.

/fawr may"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act or process of forming or the state of being formed: the formation of ice.

2. the manner in which a thing is formed; disposition of parts; formal structure or arrangement.

3. Mil.

a. a particular disposition of troops, as in columns, squares, etc.

b. any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit.

4. Geol.

a. a body of rocks classed as a stratigraphic unit for geologic mapping. Cf. member (def. 8).

b. the process of depositing rock or mineral of a particular composition or origin.

[ 1375-1425; late ME formacioun formation- (s. of formatio ), equiv. to format ( us ) (see FORM, -ATE 1 ) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 1. establishment, founding, organization.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .