Formation - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːrˈmeɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word formation
Brit.  |fɔːˈmeɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word formation


- an arrangement of people or things acting as a unit
- the act of fabricating something in a particular shape (syn: shaping)
- the act of forming or establishing something (syn: constitution, establishment, organisation, organization)
- (geology) the geological features of the earth
- a particular spatial arrangement
- natural process that causes something to form
- creation by mental activity


The book explains the formation of the planets.

The soldiers were marching in formation.

The team ran on the field and lined up in a punt formation.

It's expected that the president will announce the formation of a new government.

We now know a lot more about the early stages of planetary formation.

Marx founded a new science: the science of the history of social formations.

the formation of gas in the intestine

The bombers were in attack formation.

laws limiting the formation of trusts

...visitors to the mountain range had long noted that the natural rock formation bore a striking resemblance to the visage of a man...

The presence of dust clouds has been taken as evidence of recent star formation.

the formation of a unitary state

One by one, each jet banked and dropped away from the formation.

education has for its object the formation of character

related to micelle formation is the...ability of detergent actives to congregate at oil-water interfaces

Word forms

singular: formation
plural: formations
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