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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Form \Form\ (f[=o]rm; in senses 8 & 9, often f[=o]rm in
     England), n. [OE. & F. forme, fr. L. forma; cf. Skr.
     dhariman. Cf. Firm.]
     1. The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from
        the material of which it is composed; particular
        disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it
        individuality or distinctive character; configuration;
        figure; external appearance.
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              The form of his visage was changed.   --Dan. iii.
                                                    19.
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              And woven close close, both matter, form, and style.
                                                    --Milton.
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     2. Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.;
        system; as, a republican form of government.
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     3. Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of
        proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a
        form of prayer.
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              Those whom form of laws
              Condemned to die.                     --Dryden.
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     4. Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain,
        trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality;
        formality; as, a matter of mere form.
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              Though well we may not pass upon his life
              Without the form of justice.          --Shak.
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     5. Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness;
        elegance; beauty.
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              The earth was without form and void.  --Gen. i. 2.
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              He hath no form nor comeliness.       --Is. liii. 2.
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     6. A shape; an image; a phantom.
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     7. That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern;
        model.
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     8. A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a
        school; a class; also, a class or rank in society. "Ladies
        of a high form." --Bp. Burnet.
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     9. The seat or bed of a hare.
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              As in a form sitteth a weary hare.    --Chaucer.
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     10. (Print.) The type or other matter from which an
         impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a
         chase.
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     11. (Fine Arts) The boundary line of a material object. In
         (painting), more generally, the human body.
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     12. (Gram.) The particular shape or structure of a word or
         part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
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     13. (Crystallog.) The combination of planes included under a
         general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a
         closed solid.
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     14. (Metaph.) That assemblage or disposition of qualities
         which makes a conception, or that internal constitution
         which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called
         essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished
         from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of
         being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea;
         objectively, a law.
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     15. Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the
         intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In
         modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by
         the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or
         condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a
         mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on
         the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and
         necessary accompaniments or elements of every object
         known or thought of.
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     16. (Biol.) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a
         type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an
         animal or plant.
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     Good form or Bad form, the general appearance, condition
        or action, originally of horses, afterwards of persons;
        as, the members of a boat crew are said to be in good form
        when they pull together uniformly. The phrases are further
        used colloquially in description of conduct or manners in
        society; as, it is not good form to smoke in the presence
        of a lady.
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