HyperDic: formation

English > 7 senses of the word formation:
NOUNgroupformationan arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
actformation, shapingthe act of fabricating something in a particular shape
actformation, constitution, establishment, organization, organisationthe act of forming or establishing something
objectformation, geological formation(geology) the geological features of the earth
artifactformationa particular spatial arrangement
processformationnatural process that causes something to form
actformationcreation by mental activity
formation > pronunciation
Soundsfaormey'shahn
RhymesAachen ... Zukerman: 2572 rhymes with ahn...
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 1, group
MeaningAn arrangement of people or things acting as a unit.
Examples
  • "a defensive formation"
  • "a formation of planes"
NarrowerbackfieldThe offensive football players who line up behind the linemen
centerThe middle of a military or naval formation
flank, wingThe side of military or naval formation
flightA formation of aircraft in flight
headThe front of a military formation or procession
lineA formation of people or things one behind another
lineA formation of people or things one beside another
military formationA formation of troops
rearThe back of a military formation or procession
secondaryThe defensive football players who line up behind the linemen
BroaderarrangementAn orderly grouping (of things or persons) considered as a unit
Spanishformación
Catalanformació
Verbsformcreate (as an entity)
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 2, act
MeaningThe act of fabricating something in a particular shape.
Synonymshaping
NarrowerfilingThe act of using a file (as in shaping or smoothing an object)
forgingshaping metal / metal by heating and hammering
granulationThe act of forming something into granules or grains
grooving, riflingThe cutting of spiral grooves on the inside of the barrel of a firearm
metalworking, metalworkThe activity of making things out of metal / metal in a skillful manner
turningThe activity of shaping something on a lathe
Broaderfabrication, manufacture, manufacturingThe act of making something (a product) from raw materials
Spanishformación
Catalanformació
Verbsformgive shape or form to
formmake something, usually for a specific function
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 3, act
MeaningThe act of forming or establishing something.
Synonymsconstitution, establishment, organization, organisation
Narrowercollectivization, collectivisationThe organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
colonization, colonisation, settlementThe act of colonizing
communization, communisationThe organization of a nation of the basis of communism / communism
federationThe act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
unionization, unionisationAct of forming labor unions
Broaderbeginning, start, commencementThe act of starting something
Spanishconstitución, establecimiento, formación, fundación
Catalanconstitució, establiment, formació, fundació
Verbsformmake something, usually for a specific function
formcreate (as an entity)
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 4, object
Meaning(geology) the geological features of the earth.
Synonymgeological formation
CategorygeologyA science that deals with the history of the earth as recorded in rocks / rocks
InstancesPillars of HerculesThe two promontories at the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar
Narroweraquiferunderground bed or layer yielding ground water for wells and springs etc
beachAn area of sand sloping down to the water of a sea or lake
caveA geological formation consisting of an underground enclosure with access from the surface of the ground or from the sea
cliff, drop, drop-offA steep high face of rock
deltaA low triangular area of alluvial deposits where a river divides before entering a larger / larger body of water
diapirA domed rock formation where a core of rock / rock has moved upward and pierced through the more brittle overlying strata
foliumA thin layer or stratum of (especially metamorphic) rock
foreshoreThe part of the seashore between the highwater mark and the low-water mark
ice massA large mass of ice
lakefrontLand bordering a lake
massifA block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range
monoclineA geological formation in which all strata are inclined in the same direction
mouthThe point where a stream issues into a larger / larger body of water
natural depression, depressionA sunken or depressed geological formation
natural elevation, elevationA raised or elevated geological formation
oceanfrontLand bordering an ocean
range, mountain range, range of mountains, chain, mountain chain, chain of mountainsA series of hills or mountains
relictgeological feature that is a remnant of a pre-existing formation after other parts have disappeared
ridge, ridgelineA long narrow range of hills
ridgeA long narrow natural elevation on the floor of the ocean
shoreThe land along the edge of a body of water
slope, incline, sideAn elevated geological formation
spring, fountain, outflow, outpouring, natural springA natural flow of ground water
talus, screeA sloping mass of loose rocks / rocks at the base of a cliff
vein, mineral veinA layer of ore between layers of rock
volcanic crater, craterA bowl-shaped geological formation at the top of a volcano
wallA vertical (or almost vertical) smooth rock face (as of a cave or mountain)
water table, water level, groundwater levelunderground surface below which the ground is wholly saturated with water
Broaderobject, physical objectA tangible and visible entity
Spanishaccidente geográfico, formación geológica, formación
Catalanformació geològica
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 5, artifact
MeaningA particular spatial arrangement.
NarrowerrasterThe rectangular formation of parallel scanning lines that guide the electron beam on a television screen or a computer monitor
rig, riggingformation of masts, spars, sails, etc., on a vessel
split(tenpin bowling) a divided formation of pins left standing after the first bowl
Broaderplacement, arrangementThe spatial property of the way in which something is placed
Spanishformación
Catalanformació
Verbsformgive shape or form to
formmake something, usually for a specific function
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 6, process
Meaningnatural process that causes something to form.
Examples
  • "the formation of gas in the intestine"
  • "the formation of crystals"
  • "the formation of pseudopods"
Narrowerincrustation, encrustationThe formation of a crust
reticulation(photography) the formation of a network of cracks or wrinkles in a photographic emulsion
Broadernatural process, natural action, action, activityA process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings)
English > formation: 7 senses > noun 7, act
Meaningcreation by mental activity.
Examples
  • "the formation of sentences"
  • "the formation of memories"
Narroweraffixationformation of a word by means of an affix
Broadercreating by mental actsThe act of creating something by thinking
Verbsformdevelop into a distinctive / distinctive entity

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