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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Formation  \For*ma"tion\,  n.  [L.  formatio:  cf  F.  formation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  giving  form  or  shape  to  anything  a  forming;  a 
  shaping.  --Beattie. 
 
  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.  (Geol.) 
  a  Mineral  deposits  and  rock  masses  designated  with 
  reference  to  their  origin;  as  the  siliceous  formation 
  about  geysers;  alluvial  formations;  marine  formations. 
  b  A  group  of  beds  of  the  same  age  or  period;  as  the 
  Eocene  formation. 
 
  5.  (Mil.)  The  arrangement  of  a  body  of  troops,  as  in  a 
  square,  column,  etc  --Farrow. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  formation 
  n  1:  an  arrangement  of  people  or  things  acting  as  a  unit 
  2:  the  fabrication  of  something  in  a  particular  shape  [syn:  {shaping}] 
  3:  the  act  of  forming  something  "the  constitution  of  a  PTA 
  group";  "he  still  remembers  the  establishment  of  the 
  hospital"  [syn:  {constitution},  {establishment},  {organization}, 
  {organisation}] 
  4:  the  geological  features  of  the  earth  [syn:  {geological 
  formation},  {geology}] 
  5:  a  particular  arrangement 




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