Definition of formation in English:



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

    ‘the formation of the Great Rift Valley’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He said the process of formation of committees for the function had been almost been completed.’
    • ‘Pore formation is promoted by an increased likelihood of transmembrane water defects in the presence of an external electric field.’
    • ‘During this time the molecular processes of memory formation which underlie addiction are accelerated.’
    • ‘Currently there is much interest in spiritual disciplines and the process of spiritual formation.’
    • ‘Serotonin is stored in platelets and its release stimulates thrombus formation.’
    • ‘Firstly, the process of government formation is going to be dominated by three factors.’
    • ‘The simultaneous occurrence of random aggregation and amyloid fibril formation has been observed before.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Value formation is an interactive process, and the media is an essential vehicle for that.’
    • ‘Keep your limb elevated as much as possible to prevent blood clot formation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The creative process of formation was more important than the production of pictures.’
    • ‘It's an important ballast in the process of policy formation, even if can be annoying for the politicals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As we found, positive potential on the side of compound addition facilitates pore formation.’
    • ‘Excessive alcohol intake inhibits bone formation, possibly by a direct toxic effect on osteoblasts.’
    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. 2.1A 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’
      • ‘I have seen them swimming in long lines and sometimes in giant circular formations.’
      • ‘The key is to be able to spot the formation of the patterns as they are developing.’
      • ‘The granulomatous pattern showed a formation of multiple granulomata with various degrees of inflammatory cell infiltration.’
      • ‘Oh, yeah, there are also some weird cloud formations and a couple of people get sucked into the sky.’
      • ‘In big towns and urban-type rural centers, there should be several such formations.’
      • ‘A variety of techniques were used to assist them in discovering the new formations.’
      • ‘They were arrayed in a circular formation, guarding something within.’
      • ‘Transformation, however, is much more than just new equipment or even new formations.’
      • ‘These are crystal formations with structured spaces or pores in them.’
      • ‘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.’
      configuration, arrangement, pattern, array, alignment, positioning, disposition, order, ordering, organization, design, marshalling, grouping, layout, format
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Late Middle English: from Latin formatio(n-), from formare to form (see form).