|1.||[ noun ] an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit|
"a defensive formation" "a formation of planes"
|Related terms:||arrangement arrangement line rear line head flight flank center backfield secondary military_formation form|
|2.||[ noun ] the fabrication of something in a particular shape|
|Related terms:||fabrication filing grooving forging granulation metalworking shape shape|
|3.||[ noun ] the act of forming something|
|Synonyms:||establishment organization constitution organisation|
"the constitution of a PTA group last year" "it was the establishment of his reputation" "he still remembers the organization of the club"
|Related terms:||beginning colonization communization federation unionization collectivization establish establish form shape organize organize unionize|
|4.||[ noun ] the geological features of the earth|
|Related terms:||natural_object shore wall beach slope spring natural_depression cliff mouth range delta oceanfront ice_mass talus relict lakefront massif folium vein ridge foreshore water_table natural_elevation pillars_of_hercules monocline diapir aquifer geology|
|5.||[ noun ] a particular arrangement|
|Related terms:||placement arrangement split raster rig shape|
|6.||[ noun ] natural process that causes something to form|
"the formation of gas in the intestine" "the formation of crystals" "the formation of pseudopods"
|Related terms:||natural_process reticulation encrustation|
|7.||[ noun ] creation by mental activity|
"the formation of sentences" "the formation of memories"
|Related terms:||creating_by_mental_acts affixation form|