formation

[fawr-mey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of forming or the state of being formed: the formation of ice.
2.
the manner in which a thing is formed; disposition of parts; formal structure or arrangement.
3.
Military.
a.
a particular disposition of troops, as in columns, squares, etc.
b.
any required assembling of the soldiers of a unit.
4.
Geology.
a.
a body of rocks classed as a stratigraphic unit for geologic mapping. Compare member ( def 8 ).
b.
the process of depositing rock or mineral of a particular composition or origin.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English formacioun < Latin fōrmātiōn- (stem of fōrmātiō), equivalent to fōrmāt(us) (see form, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

formational, adjective
misformation, noun
nonformation, noun
self-formation, noun
subformation, noun
superformation, noun


1. establishment, founding, organization.
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formation (fɔːˈmeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the act of giving or taking form, shape, or existence
2.  something that is formed
3.  the manner in which something is formed or arranged
4.  a.  a formal arrangement of a number of persons or things acting as a unit, such as a troop of soldiers, aircraft in flight, or a football team
 b.  (as modifier): formation dancing
5.  geology
 a.  the fundamental lithostratigraphic unit
 b.  a series of rocks with certain characteristics in common
6.  ecology a community of plants, such as a tropical rainforest, extending over a very large area
 
for'mational
 
adj

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formation
late 14c., from O.Fr. formation or directly from L. formationem (nom. formatio), from formare to form (see form).
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formation for·ma·tion (fôr-mā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or process of forming something or of taking form.

  2. Something formed.

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formation   (fôr-mā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
A long, mappable body of rock that is recognizable by its physical characteristics and by its location within the rock record.
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Example sentences
But it was primarily tied to the lack of new business formation.
Responsible for the formation of clergy and their ongoing training.
Small sugar fragments can set off a signal cascade that increases inflammation
  and scar formation.
But in a few caves the conditions were ideal for formation of a different kind
  of treasure.
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