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formation

for·ma·tion

formation

 
 
pronunciation:
for meI shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the act of forming or the state of being formed.
Ten people took part in the formation of the new science club.
 
antonyms:
destruction
similar words:
generation
definition 2: the way in which a thing is formed.
The drawing compared the formation of a bird's wing and a bat's wing.
 
definition 3: something that has been formed.
She hiked out to get a better view of the rock formation.
definition 4: a particular arrangement of people.
The soldiers waited in formation before boarding the ship.The basketball players got into a defensive formation.
 
derivation: formational (adj.)
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