1. [ noun ] an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit

"a defensive formation" "a formation of planes"

Related terms: arrangement arrangement line rear line head flight flank center backfield secondary military_formation form
2. [ noun ] the fabrication of something in a particular shape
Synonyms: shaping
Related terms: fabrication filing grooving forging granulation metalworking shape shape
3. [ noun ] the act of forming something
Synonyms: establishment organization constitution organisation

"the constitution of a PTA group last year" "it was the establishment of his reputation" "he still remembers the organization of the club"

Related terms: beginning colonization communization federation unionization collectivization establish establish form shape organize organize unionize
4. [ noun ] the geological features of the earth
Synonyms: geology geological_formation
Related terms: natural_object shore wall beach slope spring natural_depression cliff mouth range delta oceanfront ice_mass talus relict lakefront massif folium vein ridge foreshore water_table natural_elevation pillars_of_hercules monocline diapir aquifer geology
5. [ noun ] a particular arrangement
Related terms: placement arrangement split raster rig shape
6. [ noun ] natural process that causes something to form

"the formation of gas in the intestine" "the formation of crystals" "the formation of pseudopods"

Related terms: natural_process reticulation encrustation
7. [ noun ] creation by mental activity

"the formation of sentences" "the formation of memories"

Related terms: creating_by_mental_acts affixation form
Similar spelling:   format