n. The external shape or configuration of a body; the figure, as defined by lines and surfaces; external appearance considered independently of color or material; in an absolute use, the human figure: as, it was in the form of a circle; a triangular form; the form of the head or of the body; a beautiful or an ugly form.n. Specifically, in crystallography, the complex of planes included under the same general symbol.n. Attractive appearance; shapeliness; beauty.n. A costume; a special dress: as, a blue silk form.n. A mold, pattern, or model; something to give shape, or on or after which things are fashioned: as, a hatters' or a milliners' form; a form for jelly.n. In printing, an assemblage of types secured in a chase for stereotyping, or of either types or plates for printing.n. In milit. engine., same as gabion-form. See gabion.n. In general, arrangement of or relationship between the parts of anything, as distinguished from the parts themselves: opposed to matter, but not properly to substance (unless it be the intention of the writer to identify substance with matter).n. A specific formation or arrangement; characteristic structure, constitution, or appearance; disposition of parts or conditions.n. Mode or manner of being, action, or manifestation; specific state, condition, determination, variation, or kind: as, water in the form of steam or of ice; electricity is a form of energy; English is a form of German speech; varioloid is a mild form of smallpox; life in all its forms.n. Fixed order or method; systematic or orderly arrangement or proceeding, as to either generals or particulars; system or formula: as, the forms of civilized society; a form of words or of prayer; a rough draft to be reduced to form; a document in due form.n. Specifically, mere manner as opposed to intrinsic qualities; style.n. Formality, or a formality: ceremony.n. Conformity to the conventionalities and usages of society; propriety: chiefly in the phrases good form, bad form.n. Mere appearance; semblance.n. High condition or fitness for any undertaking, as a competition, especially a physical competition; powers of competing.n. In algebra, a quantic in which the variables are considered abstractly with reference only to their mathematical relations in the quantic, and apart from any signification.n. In grammar, a word bearing the sign of a distinct grammatical character, or denoted by its structure as having a particular office.n. In music: The general theory or science of so arranging themes, tonalities, phrases, and sections in a piece that order, symmetry, and correlation of parts may be secured: one of the most important branches of the art of composition.n. The particular rhythmical, melodic, or harmonic disposition or arrangement of tones in a phrase, section, or movement, especially when distinct and regular enough to be known by a special name, as the sonata-form, the rondo-form, etc.n. A blank or schedule to be filled out by the insertion of details; a sample or specimen document calculated to serve as a guide in framing others in like cases: as, a form for a deed, lease, or contract.n. A long seat; a bench.n. A number of pupils sitting together on a bench at school.n. A class or rank of students in a school (especially in England).n. Hence— A class or rank in society.n. The seat or bed of a hare.n. The hares (Lepus Americanus) were very familiar. One had her form under my house all winter, separated from me only by the flooring.n. A particular species or kind; a species of a genus, etc.; any assemblage of similar things constituting a component of a group, especially of a zoölogical group.n. In printing, a form of types in which a page or several pages have been left blank.To give form to; Shape; mold, To give a figure to; make a figure of; constitute as a figure: as, to form a statue; to form a triangle.In general, to model, make, or produce by any combination of parts or materials.Specifically— To arrange; combine in any particular manner; as, he formed his troops into a hollow square.To model by Instruction and discipline; mold; train.To devise; conceive; frame; invent; create: as, to form opinions from sound premises; to form an image in the mind.In grammar, to make, as a word, by derivation or by affixes.To go to make up; be an element or constituent of; constitute; take the shape of: as, duplicity forms no part of his character; these facts form a safe foundation for our conclusions.To display so as to communicate the real meaning.To persuade; bring to do.To provide with a form, as a hare.Synonyms To fashion, carve, produce, dispose.To constitute, compose, make up.To take or come into form; assume the characteristic or implied figure, appearance, or arrangement: as, the troops formed in columns; ice forms at a temperature of 32°F.To run for a form, as a hare; squat in a form.A termination in words of Latin origin, or in words formed like them, meaning ‘-like, -shaped, in the form of’: as, ensiform, sword-like, sword-shaped; falciform, sickle-shaped; vermiform, worm-like; oviform, in the form of an egg.n. n. A flower-bud of the cotton-plant.In electricity, to change (the surface of the plates of a secondary or storage-cell) by repeated charge and discharge, so that they are in condition for use.In electricity, to convert the active material of the positive plate of a storage-cell into lead monoxid or that of the negative plate into spongy lead, either by the action of the charging current or by direct chemical means.