Form v. t. [imp. & p. p. Formed p. pr. & vb. n. Forming.]
1. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
God formed man of the dust of the ground. --Gen. ii. 7.
The thought that labors in my forming brain. --Rowe.
2. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.
'T is education forms the common mind. --Pope.
Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind. --Dryden.
3. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.
The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far the majority. --Burke.
4. To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers. --Drayton.
5. Gram. To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
6. Elec. To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.
1. Astron. Arranged, as stars in a constellation; as, formed stars. [R.]
2. Biol. Having structure; capable of growth and development; organized; as, the formed or organized ferments. See Ferment, n.
Formed material Biol., a term employed by Beale to denote the lifeless matter of a cell, that which is physiologically dead, in distinction from the truly germinal or living matter.
adj 1: clearly defined; "I have no formed opinion about the chances
of success" [syn: defined, settled]
2: having or given a form or shape [ant: unformed]
3: formed in the mind [syn: conceived]
4: having taken on a definite arrangement; "cheerleaders were
formed into letters"; "we saw troops formed into columns"
5: fully developed as by discipline or training; "a fully
formed literary style"