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

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

Pronunciation

formation

/fɔːˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/