Form, v. t. (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.
Form (fōrm; in senses 8 & 9, often
fōrm in England), n. [OE. & F.
forme, fr. L. forma; cf. Skr. dhariman. Cf.
Firm.] 1. The shape and structure of
anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed;
particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it
individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure;
The form of his visage was
changed. Dan. iii. 19.
And woven close close, both matter, form, and
2. Constitution; mode of construction,
organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of
3. Established method of expression or
practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme;
formula; as, a form of prayer.
Those whom form of laws Dryden.
Condemned to die.
4. Show without substance; empty, outside
appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality;
formality; as, a matter of mere form.
Though well we may not pass upon his life Shak.
Without the form of justice.
5. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also,
comeliness; elegance; beauty.
The earth was without form and
void. Gen. i. 2.
He hath no form nor comeliness.
Is. liii. 2.
6. A shape; an image; a phantom.
7. That by which shape is given or
determined; mold; pattern; model.
8. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of
students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in
society. "Ladies of a high form." Bp.
9. The seat or bed of a hare.
As in a form sitteth a weary hare.
10. (Print.) The type or other matter
from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a
11. (Fine Arts) The boundary line of a
material object. In painting, more generally, the human
12. (Gram.) The particular shape or
structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms;
13. (Crystallog.) The combination of
planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not
necessarily a closed solid.
14. (Metaph.) That assemblage or
disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal
constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; --
called essential or substantial form, and
contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative
nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea;
objectively, a law.
15. Mode of acting or manifestation to the
senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or
snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the
mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition,
which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of
apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of
the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or
elements of every object known or thought of.
16. (Biol.) The peculiar
characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the
structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
Good form or Bad form, the
general appearance, condition or action, originally of horses,
atterwards of persons; as, the members of a boat crew are said to be
in good form when they pull together uniformly. The phrases
are further used colloquially in description of conduct or manners in
society; as, it is not good form to smoke in the presence of a
Form (fôrm), v. t. [imp.
& p. p. Formed (fôrmd); p. pr. & vb.
n. Forming.] [F. former, L. formare,
fr. forma. See Form, n.]
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
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
Thus formed for speed, he challenges the
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
5. (Gram.) To derive by grammatical
rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
Form, v. i. 1. To
take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should
form in column.
2. To run to a form, as a hare. B.
To form on (Mil.), to form a
lengthened line with reference to (any given object) as a