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(1)   The act of forming something
"The constitution of a PTA group last year"
"It was the establishment of his reputation"
"He still remembers the organization of the club"
(2)   The fabrication of something in a particular shape
(3)   Creation by mental activity
"The formation of sentences"
"The formation of memories"
(4)   A particular spatial arrangement
(5)   An arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
"A defensive formation"
"A formation of planes"
(6)   (geology) the geological features of the earth
(7)   Natural process that causes something to form
"The formation of gas in the intestine"
"The formation of crystals"
"The formation of pseudopods"


< < < ; see form as verb.


  1. Something possessing structure or form.
  2. The act of assembling a group or structure.
  3. A rock or face of a mountain.
  4. A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
  5. An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
  6. The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.


battle group, brigade group, task force, combat team tactical formation, battle formation


  1. formation, forming, development
  2. training
    Je suis gynécologue de formation. I'm a gynaecologist by training.
  3. training course
  4. formation