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Definitions of formation

  1. natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the fabrication of something in a particular shape Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. creation by mental activity; "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a particular spatial arrangement Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the geological features of the earth Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. (geology) the geological features of the earth Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A substance formed or deposited. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. The act of molding or shaping; that which is shaped; structure; figure. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. The act of forming or making; the act of creating or causing to exist; the operation of composing, by bringing materials together, or of shaping and giving form; generation; production; as, the formation of the earth; the formation of a state or constitution; the formation of ideas: the manner in which a thing is formed; as, the peculiar formation of the heart: in geol. any series of rocks referred to a common origin or period, whether they consist of the same or different materials. Geological strata are divided into certain groups of one era of deposition, sometimes of very dissimilar mineralogical character, but inclosing the same fossil species; as, the Carboniferous, Oolitic, Cretaceous, Silurian, Laurentian, etc., formations; (milit) an arrangement of troops, as in a square, column, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. Act of forming; mode in which anything is formed. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. The act of forming; construction; arrangement; development. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. The act of forming or making; generation; production; the manner in which a thing is formed; structure; arrangement; a group of strata connected together by community of age, origin, or composition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. The act or manner of forming; generation or production; in geol., any assemblage of rocks which have some characters in common. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. Structure arising from an accumulation of deposits. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  22. [Latin] Structure arising from an accumulation of deposits; the vegetation proper to a definite type of habitat; production. na
  23. 1. A definitive arrangement or pattern, often for a visual representation of display. An example is military aircraft flying in echelon or a diamond. These are set formations. 2. Putting together or organizing a group. Generation or creation of information or a document. An example is the building of a team or group; this is the formation of that group. thelawdictionary.org
  24. [Latin] The act of forming or shaping; also anything put into shape, a structure of definite form; as Reticular f. or Formatio reticularis (see Reticular). na
  25. Forming, being formed; thing formed; arrangement of parts, structure, (Mil.) disposition of troops; (Geol.) assemblage of rocks or series of strata having some common characteristic. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. The process by which anything is formed. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  27. The thing formed. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  28. [L.] (Geol.) Strictly, subordinate to System, and = special groups of strata. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  29. n. Act of giving form or shape to; the act of giving being to;—manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction;—the series of rocks belonging to an age, period, or epoch, which may include many strata;—an arrangement of troops, as in a square, column, &c. Cabinet Dictionary
  30. The act of forming or generating; the manner in which a thing is formed. Complete Dictionary

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