1. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.

2. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust; also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by influence, etc.; to train.

3. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to make the shape of; said of that out of which anything is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.

4. To provide with a form, as a hare.

5. <grammar> To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.

6. <electronics> To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.

(06 Feb 2009)

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<zoology> An infrasubspecific category which has no status in the classification code.

Origin: L. -formis, L. Forma

(20 Jun 2000)

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