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Meaning of FORMATION

Pronunciation:  for'meyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  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"
  2. [n]  the fabrication of something in a particular shape
  3. [n]  creation by mental activity; "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"
  4. [n]  a particular spatial arrangement
  5. [n]  an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
  6. [n]  the geological features of the earth
  7. [n]  natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"

FORMATION is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: constitution, establishment, geological formation, geology, organisation, organization, shaping
 See Also: action, activity, affixation, aquifer, arrangement, arrangement, backfield, beach, beginning, center, chain, chain of mountains, cliff, collectivisation, collectivization, colonisation, colonization, commencement, communisation, communization, creating by mental acts, delta, depression, drop, drop-off, elevation, encrustation, fabrication, federation, filing, flank, flight, folium, foreshore, forging, fountain, granulation, grooving, groundwater level, head, ice mass, incline, incrustation, lakefront, line, manufacture, massif, metalwork, metalworking, military formation, mineral vein, mountain chain, mountain range, mouth, natural action, natural depression, natural elevation, natural object, natural process, natural spring, oceanfront, outflow, outpouring, Pillars of Hercules, placement, range, range of mountains, raster, rear, relict, reticulation, ridge, rifling, rig, rigging, scree, secondary, settlement, shore, side, slope, split, spring, start, talus, unionisation, unionization, vein, wall, water level, water table, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.

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