follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

amorphous

[uh-mawr-fuh s] /əˈmɔr fəs/
adjective
1.
lacking definite form; having no specific shape; formless:
the amorphous clouds.
2.
of no particular kind or character; indeterminate; having no pattern or structure; unorganized:
an amorphous style; an amorphous personality.
3.
Petrography, Mineralogy. occurring in a mass, as without stratification or crystalline structure.
4.
Chemistry. not crystalline.
5.
Biology. having structural components that are not clearly differentiated, as the nuclear material in certain bacteria.
Origin
1725-1735
1725-35; < Greek ámorphos shapeless. See a-6, -morph, -ous
Related forms
amorphously, adverb
amorphousness, noun
Synonyms
1, 2. shapeless, undefined; vague, anomalous.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for amorphously

amorphous

/əˈmɔːfəs/
adjective
1.
lacking a definite shape; formless
2.
of no recognizable character or type
3.
(of chemicals, rocks, etc) not having a crystalline structure
Derived Forms
amorphism, noun
amorphously, adverb
amorphousness, noun
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, from Greek amorphos shapeless, from a-1 + morphē shape
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for amorphously

amorphous

adj.

"shapeless," 1731, from Modern Latin amorphus, from Greek amorphos "without form, shapeless, deformed," from a- "without" (see a- (3)) + morphe "form" (see Morpheus). Related: Amorphously; amorphousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
amorphously in Medicine

amorphous a·mor·phous (ə-môr'fəs)
adj.

  1. Lacking definite form; shapeless.

  2. Lacking organization; formless.

  3. Lacking distinct crystalline structure.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
amorphously in Science
amorphous
  (ə-môr'fəs)   
  1. Not made of crystals. Glass, amber, and plastics are amorphous substances.

  2. Lacking definite form or shape.


The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for amorphous

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for amorphously

21
0
Scrabble Words With Friends