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Dictionary Definition



1 an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit; "a defensive formation"; "a formation of planes"
2 a particular spatial arrangement
3 the fabrication of something in a particular shape [syn: shaping]
4 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" [syn: constitution, establishment, organization, organisation]
5 (geology) the geological features of the earth [syn: geological formation]
6 natural process that causes something to form; "the formation of gas in the intestine"; "the formation of crystals"; "the formation of pseudopods"
7 creation by mental activity; "the formation of sentences"; "the formation of memories"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Something possessing structure or form.
  2. The act of assembling a group or structure.
  3. 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.


something possessing structure or form
act of assembling a group or structure
geology: rock or face of a mountain
process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation

Extensive Definition

Formation can refer to:
formation in German: Formation
formation in Esperanto: Formacio
formation in French: Formation
formation in Japanese: フォーメーション
formation in Slovak: Formácia

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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