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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Form  \Form\,  v.  t.  (Elec.) 
  To  treat  (plates)  so  as  to  bring  them  to  fit  condition  for 
  introduction  into  a  storage  battery,  causing  one  plate  to  be 
  composed  more  or  less  of  spongy  lead,  and  the  other  of  lead 
  peroxide.  This  was  formerly  done  by  repeated  slow 
  alternations  of  the  charging  current,  but  now  the  plates  or 
  grids  are  coated  or  filled,  one  with  a  paste  of  red  lead  and 
  the  other  with  litharge,  introduced  into  the  cell,  and  formed 
  by  a  direct  charging  current. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  form  \form\  [See  {Form},  n.] 
  A  suffix  used  to  denote  in  the  form  or  shape  of  resembling, 
  etc.;  as  valiform;  oviform. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Form  \Form\  (f[=o]rm;  in  senses  8  &  9,  often  f[=o]rm  in 
  England),  n.  [OE.  &  F.  forme,  fr  L.  forma;  cf  Skr. 
  dhariman  Cf  {Firm}.] 
  1.  The  shape  and  structure  of  anything  as  distinguished  from 
  the  material  of  which  it  is  composed;  particular 
  disposition  or  arrangement  of  matter,  giving  it 
  individuality  or  distinctive  character;  configuration; 
  figure;  external  appearance. 
 
  The  form  of  his  visage  was  changed.  --Dan.  iii. 
  19. 
 
  And  woven  close  close  both  matter,  form  and  style. 
  --Milton. 
 
  2.  Constitution;  mode  of  construction,  organization,  etc.; 
  system;  as  a  republican  form  of  government. 
 
  3.  Established  method  of  expression  or  practice;  fixed  way  of 
  proceeding;  conventional  or  stated  scheme;  formula;  as  a 
  form  of  prayer. 
 
  Those  whom  form  of  laws  Condemned  to  die.  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  Show  without  substance;  empty,  outside  appearance;  vain, 
  trivial,  or  conventional  ceremony;  conventionality; 
  formality;  as  a  matter  of  mere  form 
 
  Though  well  we  may  not  pass  upon  his  life  Without 
  the  form  of  justice.  --Shak. 
 
  5.  Orderly  arrangement;  shapeliness;  also  comeliness; 
  elegance;  beauty. 
 
  The  earth  was  without  form  and  void.  --Gen.  i.  2. 
 
  He  hath  no  form  nor  comeliness.  --Is.  liii  2. 
 
  6.  A  shape;  an  image;  a  phantom. 
 
  7.  That  by  which  shape  is  given  or  determined;  mold;  pattern; 
  model. 
 
  8.  A  long  seat;  a  bench;  hence  a  rank  of  students  in  a 
  school;  a  class;  also  a  class  or  rank  in  society. 
  ``Ladies  of  a  high  form.''  --Bp.  Burnet. 
 
  9.  The  seat  or  bed  of  a  hare. 
 
  As  in  a  form  sitteth  a  weary  hare.  --Chaucer. 
 
  10.  (Print.)  The  type  or  other  matter  from  which  an 
  impression  is  to  be  taken  arranged  and  secured  in  a 
  chase. 
 
  11.  (Fine  Arts)  The  boundary  line  of  a  material  object.  In 
  painting,  more  generally,  the  human  body. 
 
  12.  (Gram.)  The  particular  shape  or  structure  of  a  word  or 
  part  of  speech;  as  participial  forms;  verbal  forms. 
 
  13.  (Crystallog.)  The  combination  of  planes  included  under  a 
  general  crystallographic  symbol.  It  is  not  necessarily  a 
  closed  solid. 
 
  14.  (Metaph.)  That  assemblage  or  disposition  of  qualities 
  which  makes  a  conception,  or  that  internal  constitution 
  which  makes  an  existing  thing  to  be  what  it  is  --  called 
  essential  or  substantial  form  and  contradistinguished 
  from  matter;  hence  active  or  formative  nature;  law  of 
  being  or  activity;  subjectively  viewed,  an  idea; 
  objectively,  a  law. 
 
  15.  Mode  of  acting  or  manifestation  to  the  senses  or  the 
  intellect;  as  water  assumes  the  form  of  ice  or  snow.  In 
  modern  usage,  the  elements  of  a  conception  furnished  by 
  the  mind's  own  activity,  as  contrasted  with  its  object  or 
  condition,  which  is  called  the  matter;  subjectively,  a 
  mode  of  apprehension  or  belief  conceived  as  dependent  on 
  the  constitution  of  the  mind;  objectively,  universal  and 
  necessary  accompaniments  or  elements  of  every  object 
  known  or  thought  of 
 
  16.  (Biol.)  The  peculiar  characteristics  of  an  organism  as  a 
  type  of  others  also  the  structure  of  the  parts  of  an 
  animal  or  plant. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Form  \Form\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  take  a  form  definite  shape,  or  arrangement;  as  the 
  infantry  should  form  in  column. 
 
  2.  To  run  to  a  form  as  a  hare.  --B.  Jonson 
 
  {To  form  on}  (Mil.),  to  form  a  lengthened  line  with  reference 
  to  (any  given  object)  as  a  basis. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Form  \Form\  (f[^o]rm),  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Formed}  (f[^o]rmd); 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Forming}.]  [F.  former,  L.  formare,  fr 
  forma.  See  {Form},  n.] 
  1.  To  give  form  or  shape  to  to  frame;  to  construct;  to  make 
  to  fashion. 
 
  God  formed  man  of  the  dust  of  the  ground.  --Gen.  ii 
  7. 
 
  The  thought  that  labors  in  my  forming  brain.  --Rowe. 
 
  2.  To  give  a  particular  shape  to  to  shape,  mold,  or  fashion 
  into  a  certain  state  or  condition;  to  arrange;  to  adjust 
  also  to  model  by  instruction  and  discipline;  to  mold  by 
  influence,  etc.;  to  train. 
 
  'T  is  education  forms  the  common  mind.  --Pope. 
 
  Thus  formed  for  speed,  he  challenges  the  wind. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  3.  To  go  to  make  up  to  act  as  constituent  of  to  be  the 
  essential  or  constitutive  elements  of  to  answer  for  to 
  make  the  shape  of  --  said  of  that  out  of  which  anything 
  is  formed  or  constituted,  in  whole  or  in  part 
 
  The  diplomatic  politicians  .  .  .  who  formed  by  far 
  the  majority.  --Burke. 
 
  4.  To  provide  with  a  form  as  a  hare.  See  {Form},  n.,  9. 
 
  The  melancholy  hare  is  formed  in  brakes  and  briers. 
  --Drayton. 
 
  5.  (Gram.)  To  derive  by  grammatical  rules  as  by  adding  the 
  proper  suffixes  and  affixes. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  form 
  n  1:  the  phonological  or  orthographic  sound  or  appearance  of  a 
  word  "the  inflected  forms  of  a  word  can  be  represented 
  by  a  stem  and  a  list  of  inflections  to  be  attached" 
  [syn:  {word  form}] 
  2:  a  category  of  things  distinguished  by  some  common 
  characteristic  or  quality;  "sculpture  is  a  form  of  art"; 
  "what  kinds  of  desserts  are  there?"  [syn:  {kind},  {sort}, 
  {variety}] 
  3:  a  perceptual  structure;  "the  composition  presents  problems 
  for  students  of  musical  form";  "a  visual  pattern  must 
  include  not  only  objects  but  the  spaces  between  them" 
  [syn:  {shape},  {pattern}] 
  4:  any  spatial  attribute  (especially  as  defined  by  outline); 
  "he  could  barely  make  out  their  shapes  through  the  smoke" 
  [syn:  {shape},  {configuration},  {contour}] 
  5:  alternative  names  for  the  body  of  a  human  being  "Leonardo 
  studied  the  human  body";  "he  has  a  strong  physique";  "the 
  spirit  is  willing  but  the  flesh  is  weak"  [syn:  {human  body}, 
  {physical  body},  {material  body},  {soma},  {build},  {figure}, 
  {physique},  {anatomy},  {shape},  {bod},  {chassis},  {frame}, 
  {flesh}] 
  6:  the  spatial  arrangement  of  something  as  distinct  from  its 
  substance;  "geometry  is  the  mathematical  science  of  shape" 
  [syn:  {shape}] 
  7:  the  visual  appearance  of  something  or  someone  "the  delicate 
  cast  of  his  features"  [syn:  {shape},  {cast}] 
  8:  a  printed  document  with  spaces  in  which  to  write;  "he  filled 
  out  his  tax  form" 
  9:  (biology)  a  group  of  organisms  within  a  species  that  differ 
  in  trivial  ways  from  similar  groups;  "a  new  strain  of 
  microorganisms"  [syn:  {variant},  {strain},  {var.}] 
  10:  an  arrangement  of  the  elements  in  a  composition  or 
  discourse;  "the  essay  was  in  the  form  of  a  dialogue";  "he 
  first  skethes  the  plot  in  outline  form" 
  11:  a  particular  mode  in  which  something  is  manifested;  "his 
  resentment  took  the  form  of  extreme  hostility" 
  12:  a  body  of  students  who  are  taught  together;  "early  morning 
  classes  are  always  sleepy"  [syn:  {class},  {grade}] 
  13:  an  ability  to  perform  well  "he  was  at  the  top  of  his  form"; 
  "the  team  was  off  form  last  night" 
  14:  a  life-size  dummy  used  to  display  clothes  [syn:  {mannequin}, 
  {manikin},  {mannikin},  {manakin}] 
  15:  a  mold  for  setting  concrete;  "they  built  elaborate  forms  for 
  pouring  the  foundation" 
  v  1:  create,  as  of  a  social  group  or  a  company,  for  example  [syn: 
  {organize}] 
  2:  to  compose  or  represent:"This  wall  forms  the  background  of 
  the  stage  setting";  "The  branches  made  a  roof";  "This 
  makes  a  fine  introduction"  [syn:  {constitute},  {make}] 
  3:  develop  into  a  distinctive  entity;  "our  plans  began  to  take 
  shape"  [syn:  {take  form},  {take  shape},  {spring}] 
  4:  cause  to  shape  or  form  "shape  a  bun";  "shape  a  ball  from 
  the  dough"  [syn:  {shape}] 
  5:  make  something  usually  for  a  specific  function;  "She  molded 
  the  riceballs  carefully";  "Form  the  dough  into  cylinders" 
  [syn:  {shape},  {mold},  {mould},  {forge}] 
  6:  establish  or  impress  firmly  in  the  mind;  "We  imprint  our 
  ideas  onto  our  children"  [syn:  {imprint}] 
  7:  give  shape  to  "form  the  clay  into  a  head"  [ant:  {deform}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  FORM 
 
    A  system  written  by  Jos  Vermaseren 
    in  1989  for  fast  handling  of  very 
  large-scale  {symbolic  mathematics}  problems.  FORM  is  a 
  descendant  of  {Schoonschip}  and  is  available  for  many 
  {personal  computer}s  and  {workstation}s. 
 
  {(ftp://acm.princeton.edu/)},  {(ftp://nikhefh.nikhef.nl/)}. 
 
  Mailing  list:  . 
 
  (1995-04-12) 
 
 




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