Definition of unformed in US English:



  • 1Without a definite form or shape.

    ‘she packed the unformed butter into the mold’
    • ‘Symptoms of yang deficiency include feeling cold, feeling fatigued and having unformed stools.’
    • ‘Because infants and toddlers normally can have three or more loose stools, an alternate definition of diarrhea in this age group is a twofold increase in the frequency of unformed stool.’
    • ‘Scans showed she was tiny and that her left hand was unformed.’
    • ‘In the image the distance remains vague and unformed, in contrast to the foreground where a new town has sprung into existence, impelled into life by the railroad.’
    • ‘The facade looks promising, but the interior is strangely unformed.’
    • ‘A breastfed baby's stools should be frequent, greenish, inoffensively fragrant, loose, and unformed.’
    • ‘An egg contains water within its beautiful smooth surface; and an unformed mass, by the incubation of the parent, becomes a regular animal, furnished with bones and sinews, and covered with feathers.’
    vague, indefinite, unspecific, unclear, obscure, nebulous, indistinct, some kind of
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    1. 1.1 Not having developed or been developed fully.
      ‘he had an ambitious, albeit unformed, idea for a novel’
      ‘unformed youths’
      • ‘Embryology then unfolds as the realization of an initially unformed but completely self-contained potential.’
      • ‘But then maybe I only think that because I believe they'd be benign and unformed stirrings, augmenting my life and not upheaving it.’
      • ‘He is only a first time filmmaker, after all, and anyone familiar with his history as a video director knows he is unformed and developing.’
      • ‘I often feel like many aspects of my personality remain child-like and unformed, while in other areas I feel a wisdom that belies my age - possible naive musings, but questions that puzzle me on occasion.’
      • ‘Embryonic, perhaps, and unformed in many ways, but its depths were black like the deepest velvet.’
      • ‘It seems mean to point it out, to pick apart ideas so embryonic and unformed.’
      • ‘Years ago Friedman was on one of the Sunday morning TV news shows, and I always thought there was an air of contrivance about him, something unformed, immature.’
      • ‘While his energy is to be lauded, Avila's presentation consisted solely of a seemingly endless rambling account of unformed tales, hastily thrown together with little connection.’
      • ‘At whatever cost this information is made available to its potential users, it arrives unformed and unexperienced.’
      • ‘‘I had a lot of unformed jokes in my head, and the more confident I got, the more I had the ability to just tie them all in,’ says Clarke.’
      • ‘Plans for this time at home are mostly unformed.’
      • ‘Somewhere too, at the very back of his mind, will be the unformed idea that surely - if she does find herself in trouble - Hetty will know some old woman somewhere who will help her get rid of the unwanted thing.’
      • ‘The former spy has little experience at the senior government level and his policy ideas remain largely unformed, or least unstated.’
      • ‘It is one of those places that you should go to, simply because it will get better with patronage - it has potential, although it's still unformed.’
      • ‘The album is structured as one song split over two sides, a 40 minute conglomeration of what sounds like a dozen smaller, unformed ideas.’
      • ‘Madeleine may appear to be a walking, talking example of Carnaby Street cool, but she's really an unformed youth at heart.’
      • ‘This understanding is as yet embryonic, unformed, nowhere near as solidly defined as citizenship was in the very recent past.’
      rudimentary, undeveloped, immature, incomplete, incipient, inchoate, just beginning
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