Definition of Formation

1. Noun. An arrangement of people or things acting as a unit. "A formation of planes"

Generic synonyms: Arrangement
Specialized synonyms: Flight, Military Formation, Backfield, Secondary, Line, Line, Center, Flank, Wing, Head, Rear
Derivative terms: Form

2. Noun. The act of fabricating something in a particular shape.
Exact synonyms: Shaping
Generic synonyms: Fabrication, Manufacture, Manufacturing
Specialized synonyms: Filing, Forging, Metalwork, Metalworking, Granulation, Grooving, Rifling, Turning
Derivative terms: Form, Form, Shape

3. Noun. The act of forming or establishing something. "He still remembers the organization of the club"

4. Noun. (geology) the geological features of the earth.

5. Noun. A particular spatial arrangement.
Specialized synonyms: Raster, Rig, Rigging, Split
Generic synonyms: Arrangement, Placement
Derivative terms: Form, Form

6. Noun. Natural process that causes something to form. "The formation of pseudopods"

7. Noun. Creation by mental activity. "The formation of memories"
Generic synonyms: Creating By Mental Acts
Specialized synonyms: Affixation
Derivative terms: Form

Definition of Formation

1. n. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.

Definition of Formation

1. Noun. Something possessing structure or form. ¹

2. Noun. The act of assembling a group or structure. ¹

3. Noun. (geology) A rock or face of a mountain. ¹

4. Noun. (military) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc. ¹

5. Noun. (military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation". ¹

6. Noun. The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation. ¹

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Definition of Formation

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Medical Definition of Formation

1. 1. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping. 2. The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart. 3. A substance formed or deposited. 4. 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. 5. The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc. Origin: L. Formatio: cf. F. Formation. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Formation

formamidopyridine-DNA glycosylase
formate-NADP oxidoreductase
formate-tetrahydrofolate ligase
formate dehydrogenases
formate hydrogen lyase
formatio reticularis
formation (current term)
formation rule
formation rules
formative cell
formatted capacity

Literary usage of Formation

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1. Bulletin by Ghana Geological Survey (1898)
"The formation lies conformably on top of the Agogo clay gall sandstones and is ... Away from Agogo the formation thins rapidly and it is doubtful whether it ..."

2. Bulletin by Tennessee Division of Geology, Geological Survey, Division of Geology, Tennessee (1913)
"The formation is best developed in middle East Tennessee in the Loudon and ... This formation receives its name from Tellico River, which cuts a good ..."

3. Clinical Rheumatology: A Problem-oriented Approach to Diagnosis and Management by Roland W. Moskowitz (1921)
"BONE formation AND GROWTH. BONE is one of the latest tissues to be formed, ... According to the character of the antecedent tissue bone formation is of two ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1910)
"Several theories advanced by previous writers to account to* the formation of the cusps were reviewed, but do not seem competent to explain the observed ..."

5. Bulletin by Kentucky Geological Survey (1905)
"For convenience in description, the coal-bearing rock series may be separated into two parts—the so-called Conglomerate formation, or the Conglomerate ..."

6. The Lancet (1842)
"formation OF TUBERCLE. ciently anodyne, a small portion of Battley'e sedative may be added. If the stomach re quire the addition of a stomachic ingredient ..."

7. Journal of the American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1879)
"The rates of coordination vs. rearrangement will then accommodate the formation of 35 isomers largely (with small amounts of 34) by kinetic control, ..."

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