Definition of amorphous in English:



  • 1Without a clearly defined shape or form.

    ‘amorphous blue forms and straight black lines’
    • ‘It gradually changed color to a dull, dark hue and then finally into a less formed white, amorphous shape, before disappearing altogether.’
    • ‘The room was darkly lit and the amorphous silhouettes littered about in the shadows made it claustrophobic.’
    • ‘Within the transparency, amorphous shapes glowed a pinkish grey, punctuated with darker, circular masses.’
    • ‘After the amorphous shape was noted and identified by the faithful as an image of Mary, that particular sprinkler head - and only that one - was closed off so that no one could suggest the mundane reasons for the stain.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, amorphous biological shapes remind you of transplant organs on life-support machines, or the literal ‘test-tube’ babies.’
    • ‘Sometimes, that's the only way to get an amorphous blob into shape.’
    • ‘Indeed her mysterious motifs and amorphous shapes are grounded in the physical - the human presence in many of her works is at times overwhelming.’
    • ‘Several drawings depict forms that have the amorphous shapes of sea life such as hydras and jellyfish.’
    • ‘Stretched along the umbrella's base, a large, pale gray, amorphous shape could be a shadow, a sack or a lifeless body.’
    • ‘Here an organized coil of thick nickel cable is able to stand on its side, while loose lengths of thinner wire assume increasingly amorphous shapes.’
    • ‘They were amorphous blobs of darkness that shifted between three shapes.’
    • ‘Not only is it totally misshapen for meat, pretty much an amorphous blob, taking on a slight tear-drop shape, but it's also connected up to an array of tubes, each slowly pumping various fluids into it.’
    • ‘Apart from these clearly definable shapes, the orbicular elements were generally amorphous.’
    • ‘Her third work, a video performance, depicts him performing as an old man, whittling an amorphous shape.’
    • ‘This repeated approach gets messed up with the layering of gestural elements and, surprisingly, areas that looks like they could be a tiny skyscapes or a shadow of the amorphous forms floating over the black backgrounds.’
    • ‘When such is the case, the beam projected will be highly diffused and of amorphous shape, indicating that it's being bounced off the side of the bore.’
    • ‘At first they were just amorphous multicolored shapes that would vanish spontaneously when confronted.’
    • ‘Where the paint takes over, it creates amorphous shapes that remain on the surface of the canvas.’
    • ‘The cryptic little icons surrounding the figure include clusters of rather phallic winged hearts, a hand that reaches into the picture from beyond the frame and an amorphous red shape emblazoned with a white cross.’
    • ‘I just sat and watched amorphous shapes going past through the warped glass.’
    shapeless, formless, unformed, unshaped, structureless, unstructured, indeterminate, indefinite, vague, nebulous
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    1. 1.1 Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable.
      ‘make explicit the amorphous statements’
      • ‘One intelligent but unqualified man makes an attempt to impose some sense on an amorphous and complex issue and gets predictably slapped-down by another man; qualified but contemptuous of the other's effort.’
      • ‘The ‘alphabet enters Greece’ and the language of oracle and riddle, which kept certain facts amorphous and occluded, is supplanted by the definitive written word.’
      • ‘The dual designators describe the purpose of individual airpower missions more clearly than the amorphous terms ‘tactical’ and ‘strategic’.’
      • ‘Thereafter the postmodern debate took on a new if amorphous character.’
      • ‘Reality for me seems to be something that's pretty amorphous and vacuous.’
      • ‘Although its genre was fairly amorphous, my novel seemed to be shaping up as a fictional work with a large factual component.’
      • ‘It has survived for thousands of years as a combination of beliefs because of its amorphous and evolutionary character.’
      • ‘Well you call yourself a spiritual educator; how do you teach a subject that is notorious for its fuzziness, difficulty to define, its ambiguity, its amorphous quality?’
      • ‘The psychological function of these childhood images is equivalent to the aesthetic function of forms in painting: they give concrete shape and outline to what would otherwise remain amorphous.’
      • ‘Or is it just an amorphous character type: in other words, just as ‘graphic designer’ may be the antidote to superhero, is it also the opposite of villain?’
      • ‘In this taped explanation he leaves out one reason for joining the Army, a reason that perhaps was too amorphous to put into words, or too personal, not something he felt the folks at Waldorf would understand.?’
      • ‘Never entirely blank, she represents something - a vague, amorphous wholesomeness that persists despite the stories of handcuffs in the luggage, the suspender-belted photos and the string of boyfriends.’
      • ‘The idea that class is vague and amorphous, a shadow on the fog, is something you encounter only in newspaper series like this and in ninth-grade civics textbooks.’
      • ‘Human libido is more than that: a wholly amorphous, indiscriminate, self-centred eroticism that seeks its objects for no other purpose than the satisfaction that comes with release of its own tensions.’
      • ‘In essence the method involves a combination of throwing out amorphous statements that are re-interpreted by the sitter as having some deeper personal meaning, and asking questions to which they then obligingly provide answers.’
      • ‘I am all for agreement in a good cause - the process of Reconciliation for one, amorphous and vague though the project appears at times - but is the kind of national pride the Games brought about a good cause?’
      • ‘The country indeed is in danger but not from enemies from outside, who can be identified, but from enemies within, whose face is nebulous, whose motives and strategies are amorphous, hidden by a cloud of double speak and hype.’
      • ‘The issue is solid enough in all conscience, however complicated and delicate, in contrast to the much more amorphous character of terrorism to which we are currently addressing ourselves.’
      • ‘Social capital is kind of an amorphous concept; it includes a lot of things.’
      • ‘They operate like mirages, assuring that somewhere amidst the amorphous cyber-networks, ubiquitous computing and surveillance, referents and living human beings persist.’
    2. 1.2 (of a group of people or an organization) lacking a clear structure or focus.
      ‘an amorphous and leaderless legislature’
      • ‘If they want to get their message across, antiglobalization forces must unite and search for leaders currently lost in the sea of a violent, amorphous mob.’
      • ‘This chapter rejects this approach and focuses on the cultural and commercial exchanges between an amorphous Europe and the societies to its east.’
      • ‘While this gives much-needed structure to the seemingly amorphous mass that was the British empire, it does require some patience to keep aloft the various intellectual spheres juggled by the author.’
      • ‘Generally, when people describe systemic sexism, they refer to an amorphous, unspoken structure in the workplace and an old boys' club dominating the corporate world.’
      • ‘They were not individuals, but an amorphous mass, a group of so-called queue jumpers.’
      • ‘The war effort was built upon volunteer companies and the amorphous state militias behind them.’
      • ‘The National Theatre of Scotland is a scheme without precedent, an organisation that will be neither a building nor a company but an amorphous commissioning body.’
      • ‘Some of my favorite albums in recent memory used exotic instruments, indecipherable lyrics, and amorphous structures to create a sublime aura of the unreal.’
      • ‘With this powerful knowledge, we now look at consumers as individuals, not huge amorphous groups of potential buyers.’
      • ‘This predictably led to a discussion of that vague, amorphous entity called the audience.’
      • ‘It is undoubtedly a daring attempt to generate a real sense of urbanity and human focus in the spiritual desert of the amorphous North American suburb.’
      • ‘Therefore, he repeatedly undercuts his real basis of power precisely by figuring as the leader of an amorphous mass.’
      • ‘Ponds, however, have an amorphous structure, whereas neural networks have a discrete structure based on prior learning.’
      • ‘I have never known a country so amorphous and yet so self contained, so individual.’
      • ‘Feature films are not just testimonials - they need a shape - and this film is conspicuously amorphous.’
      • ‘International law is one of the most amorphous bodies of law out there.’
      • ‘And we take them as individuals, not as an amorphous mass.’
      • ‘The sociology of music remains a somewhat amorphous subdiscipline, with no very clear lines of demarcation between sociology, social anthropology, and ethnomusicology.’
      • ‘In fact, the organizers, an amorphous collection of individuals, groups and organizations, had hoped that possibly 30,000 would participate.’
      • ‘Attempting to answer it by using saber-rattling to attack an amorphous axis of enemies is a great failure of leadership.’
    3. 1.3Mineralogy Chemistry (of a solid) noncrystalline; having neither definite form nor apparent structure.
      • ‘Consequently, the formerly crystalline solid becomes amorphous.’
      • ‘Silica exists in several crystalline forms, in a large number of colloidal forms, and as an amorphous solid.’
      • ‘If the solution is cooled quickly, the molecules are frozen where they are, forming a glass-like amorphous solid.’
      • ‘It exists in three allotropic forms: a silvery white metal; a yellow, crystalline solid; and an amorphous black powder.’
      • ‘The majority of the head is infilled with an amorphous mineral deposit, obscuring the rest of the internal and ventral structures.’


Mid 18th century: from modern Latin amorphus, from Greek amorphos ‘shapeless’ (from a- ‘without’ + morphē ‘form’) + -ous.