Definition of formation in English:

formation

noun

  • 1mass noun The action of forming or process of being formed.

    ‘the formation of the Great Rift Valley’
    • ‘One way to induce lateral root formation is by the application of IAA.’
    • ‘Amyloid fibril formation depends on a partial unfolding of the native protein.’
    • ‘Amyloid fibril formation generally is a result of alteration of the native conformation.’
    • ‘Serotonin is stored in platelets and its release stimulates thrombus formation.’
    • ‘They haven't been consulted by the Government during the process of policy formation.’
    • ‘Value formation is an interactive process, and the media is an essential vehicle for that.’
    • ‘Currently there is much interest in spiritual disciplines and the process of spiritual formation.’
    • ‘Firstly, the process of government formation is going to be dominated by three factors.’
    • ‘He said the process of formation of committees for the function had been almost been completed.’
    • ‘Excessive alcohol intake inhibits bone formation, possibly by a direct toxic effect on osteoblasts.’
    • ‘The driving force behind the aesthetics of modularity is a transformation in the geometry of class, the shift from a national to a global process of class formation.’
    • ‘Keep your limb elevated as much as possible to prevent blood clot formation.’
    • ‘The creative process of formation was more important than the production of pictures.’
    • ‘As we found, positive potential on the side of compound addition facilitates pore formation.’
    • ‘It's an important ballast in the process of policy formation, even if can be annoying for the politicals.’
    • ‘To make the best use of them, continuous and intensive research needs to be undertaken into the form of Malayalam alphabets, formation of the words and the construction of sentences.’
    • ‘During this time the molecular processes of memory formation which underlie addiction are accelerated.’
    • ‘The simultaneous occurrence of random aggregation and amyloid fibril formation has been observed before.’
    • ‘Pore formation is promoted by an increased likelihood of transmembrane water defects in the presence of an external electric field.’
    • ‘Our data are consistent with these studies and give further evidence that bone formation is a complex process, which is not initiated or regulated by a single factor.’
    emergence, coming into being, genesis, development, evolution, origination, shaping, generation
    establishment, setting up, start, getting going, initiation, institution, founding, foundation, inception, creation, inauguration, organization, building, construction, installation, planting
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  • 2A thing that has been formed.

    ‘strange black rock formations’
    1. 2.1 A group of people or things in a particular arrangement or pattern.
      ‘they sat in orderly ranks in a circular formation’
      mass noun ‘the jets took off in formation’
      • ‘The key is to be able to spot the formation of the patterns as they are developing.’
      • ‘Oh, yeah, there are also some weird cloud formations and a couple of people get sucked into the sky.’
      • ‘Transformation, however, is much more than just new equipment or even new formations.’
      • ‘They were arrayed in a circular formation, guarding something within.’
      • ‘These are crystal formations with structured spaces or pores in them.’
      • ‘You should use either the box formation or the diamond formation.’
      • ‘A variety of techniques were used to assist them in discovering the new formations.’
      • ‘Building on the tactics of skirmishers, open-order tactics possessed only loose tactical formations.’
      • ‘I have seen them swimming in long lines and sometimes in giant circular formations.’
      • ‘In big towns and urban-type rural centers, there should be several such formations.’
      • ‘The granulomatous pattern showed a formation of multiple granulomata with various degrees of inflammatory cell infiltration.’
      configuration, arrangement, pattern, array, alignment, positioning, disposition, order, ordering, organization, design, marshalling, grouping, layout, format
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin formatio(n-), from formare ‘to form’ (see form).

Pronunciation

formation

/fɔːˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/