Definition of formless in US English:



  • Without a clear or definite shape or structure.

    ‘a dark and formless idea’
    • ‘After months of seemingly formless frame work the shape of the new community is emerging as the cladding is added to the exterior.’
    • ‘The zone suspends light and shadow, hanging them like a formless gray gauze.’
    • ‘A rampart of intricate and infinitely various shapes, it gives form to the formless open sea.’
    • ‘As he neared the hill the shapes took outlines of men instead of the formless gray lumps they'd appeared as.’
    • ‘It seemed as if I had acquired no values from my own upbringing, as if I had no previous idea how human beings should treat each other, as if I was completely formless when I met him.’
    • ‘This is now an addition of a new idea; it is completely formless and shapeless.’
    • ‘Going beyond the literal meaning, the exhibition explored the nuanced implications of the formless substance that is dust.’
    • ‘The shapes begin to move faster and become more formless.’
    • ‘She moved back, her formless shape guarding him, but not blocking the path.’
    • ‘I'm beginning to suspect, rather, that we are witnessing the emergence of a new but still largely formless language that will one day be the language of the world.’
    • ‘There, in the flickering firelight, she saw some formless shape join two waiting others.’
    • ‘I shaped a new form out of an abstraction, out of a formless trace.’
    • ‘It is a vague, formless mass movement motivated by divergent expectations of change.’
    • ‘She ran without effort, the world reduced to formless blurs of color.’
    • ‘If a poem is random or formless, I think it's deficient.’
    • ‘An idea slipped out, as formless at first as the faint shadows of the courtyard around them in the early rays of dawn.’
    • ‘The real tragedy of this is that the band seems to have some really decent ideas hiding in these formless almost-songs.’
    • ‘Some people try to escape the formless mass of humanity - can you imagine 3 million people living in squalor in camps in one region?’
    • ‘Though the film's focus is on character and the structure appears loose, even formless at times, this is deceptive.’
    • ‘A person can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.’
    shapeless, amorphous, unformed, unshaped
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