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’
    • ‘Firstly, the process of government formation is going to be dominated by three factors.’
    • ‘Keep your limb elevated as much as possible to prevent blood clot formation.’
    • ‘Excessive alcohol intake inhibits bone formation, possibly by a direct toxic effect on osteoblasts.’
    • ‘Serotonin is stored in platelets and its release stimulates thrombus formation.’
    • ‘During this time the molecular processes of memory formation which underlie addiction are accelerated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we found, positive potential on the side of compound addition facilitates pore formation.’
    • ‘Value formation is an interactive process, and the media is an essential vehicle for that.’
    • ‘Pore formation is promoted by an increased likelihood of transmembrane water defects in the presence of an external electric field.’
    • ‘He said the process of formation of committees for the function had been almost been completed.’
    • ‘Currently there is much interest in spiritual disciplines and the process of spiritual formation.’
    • ‘One way to induce lateral root formation is by the application of IAA.’
    • ‘They haven't been consulted by the Government during the process of policy formation.’
    • ‘Amyloid fibril formation depends on a partial unfolding of the native protein.’
    • ‘It's an important ballast in the process of policy formation, even if can be annoying for the politicals.’
    • ‘The creative process of formation was more important than the production of pictures.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Amyloid fibril formation generally is a result of alteration of the native conformation.’
    • ‘The simultaneous occurrence of random aggregation and amyloid fibril formation has been observed before.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 granulomatous pattern showed a formation of multiple granulomata with various degrees of inflammatory cell infiltration.’
      • ‘The key is to be able to spot the formation of the patterns as they are developing.’
      • ‘These are crystal formations with structured spaces or pores in them.’
      • ‘In big towns and urban-type rural centers, there should be several such formations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Building on the tactics of skirmishers, open-order tactics possessed only loose tactical formations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were arrayed in a circular formation, guarding something within.’
      • ‘I have seen them swimming in long lines and sometimes in giant circular formations.’
      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/