formation

[For*ma┬Ětion]

A formation is an arrangement of people or things. Planes flying in formation make a deliberate, specific pattern in the sky.

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The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.

Noun
the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA group last year"; "it was the establishment of his reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the club"

Noun
the fabrication of something in a particular shape

Noun
creation by mental activity; "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"

Noun
a particular spatial arrangement

Noun
an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"

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Noun
(geology) the geological features of the earth

Noun
natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"


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The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.

n.
The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart.

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A substance formed or deposited.

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Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations.

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A group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation.

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The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc.


Formation

For*ma"tion , n. [L. formatio: cf. F. formation.] 1. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping. Beattie. 2. The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart. 3. A substance formed or deposited. 4. (Geol.) (a) Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations. (b) A group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation. 5. (Mil.) The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc. Farrow.

The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.

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Usage Examples

Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the formation of the earth, that without them, no one would have ever dreamed that there were successive epochs in the formation of the globe.

It is because the body is a machine that education is possible. Education is the formation of habits, a superinducing of an artificial organization upon the natural organization of the body.

Education has for its object the formation of character.

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Other Usage Examples

Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

In all her history, from the formation of the federal government until the hour of secession, no year stands out more prominently than the year 1858 as evidencing the national patriotism of Virginia.

In particular, the efforts to reestablish peace after the World War have been directed toward the formation of states and the regulation of their frontiers according to a consciously national program.

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