• WordNet 3.6
    • adj formative forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning "a formative influence","a formative experience"
    • adj formative capable of forming new cells and tissues "a formative zone in developing bone"
    • n formative minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a predator is chasing an impala, a type of antelope, it runs in a zig zag formation jumping as high as three metres
    • Formative (Biol) Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter.
    • Formative Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts. "The meanest plant can not be raised without seed, by any formative residing in the soil."
    • Formative (Gram) Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative .
    • n Formative (Gram) That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • formative Giving form or shape; having the power of giving form; plastic; shaping; molding; determining: as, the formative yolk of an egg, which changes into an embryo; a formative process.
    • formative Pertaining to formation or development; related to the fixation of or growth into form or order: as, the formative period of youth or of a nation; formative experiments.
    • formative In grammar, serving to form; determining grammatical form or character as a part of speech or derivative; inflectional: as, a formative termination.
    • n formative In grammar, a formative element of a word; that which serves to give grammatical form; an addition to or modification of a root or crude form, giving it special character.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Formative giving form, determining, moulding:
    • adj Formative (gram.) inflectional, serving to form, not radical
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  • John Dewey
    “The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The formation of one's character ought to be everyone's chief aim.”
  • Thornton Wilder
    “I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “Education commences at the mother's knee, and every word spoken within hearsay of little children tends toward the formation of character.”
  • Wayne Calloway
    Wayne Calloway
    “We take eagles and teach them to fly in formation.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “I believe that the first step in the setting of a real external world is the formation of the concept of bodily objects and of bodily objects of various kinds.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. formatif,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. forme—L. forma, shape.


In literature:

The Formation of the Human Teeth and Stomach does not indicate that Man was designed to live on Flesh.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
The formation of the country was curious.
"Across Coveted Lands" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
"Human Traits and their Social Significance" by Irwin Edman
The formation of the soil in that region was interesting enough.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
I see no reason to limit the process of modification, as now explained, to the formation of genera alone.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
First, we note that the frontier promoted the formation of a composite nationality for the American people.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
If it lasts longer, it is liable to give rise to the formation of matter (abscess).
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
In mass formation they rushed out above the sea.
"Talents, Incorporated" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
To the same class of formation belong Scottish names in Mal-, e.g.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
Formation of the serous sac.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
Formation of Invisible Foci.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The fighting formation was the line ahead.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
Nevertheless, their arrival in the Battalion area was signalised by the formation of a queue as for an early door at a theatre.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
The circle or ring formation has a pronounced tendency toward a spirit of unity among players.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
They are usually solitary formations.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
Disturbances have occurred in the lower series before the formation of the upper.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 4" by Various
Formation of dew, fog, rain, and snow.
"Physics" by Willis Eugene Tower
The first step is the formation of aminoacetonitrile from formaldehyde, ammonia, and hydrogen cyanide.
"Significant Achievements in Space Bioscience 1958-1964" by National Aeronautics and Space Administration
The correlation of formations by means of fossils may be explained by the formations now being deposited about the north Atlantic.
"The Elements of Geology" by William Harmon Norton
The power of inheritance, moreover, shows itself very strikingly in the formation and colour of the human skin and hair.
"The History of Creation, Vol. I (of 2)" by Ernst Haeckel

In poetry:

Nature and time quite naked lie
To thine immense survey,
From the formation of the sky
To the great burning day.
"Hymn 67" by Isaac Watts
Mind in its first formation,
While in its plastic state,
Receives primal impressions
Which make it vile or great.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
Your achievements overshadowed
any in the Three Kingdoms;
most famous of all was your design
for the Eight Formations.
"The Eight Formations" by Du Fu
The ox and yoke have some relation,
As do the horse and curbing rein.
But, in the day of man's formation,
He was not fashioned for the chain.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
"Speak, O man, less recent! Fragmentary fossil!
Primal pioneer of pliocene formation,
Hid in lowest drifts below the earliest stratum
Of volcanic tufa!
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte
The sun plays a game of darts in Spain
Three by three in flight formation.
The invincible wheels of his yellow car
Are the discs that kindle the Chinese war.
"Far-Darting Apollo" by Kathleen Raine

In news:

An altered format and an infusion of new ideas are sorely needed.
Looking northeast from Woodinville I caught this photo of the mammatis formation on the backside of a heavy rain and hail squall that had just passed through on Monday, April 5 in the early afternoon.
Group offers first-look options to each others' formats.
NKBA Reports K/ BIS Strong Registration Feb 13, 2009 Printable format Email this Article Search.
I took the Gold Rush format, and I brought down the honey slightly in order to keep the refreshing nature of the drink as forward as possible.
Software has lots of extras (like optical disc formatting and music CD creation).
This kit is one of the better-known car products from Monogram's formative years.
Blueair Names Pihltraed To Head US Operations Feb 17, 2012 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Blueair Receives Product Safety Awards Dec 12, 2008 Printable format Email this Article Search.
Choose to download it individually in a variety of formats or in an eco-friendly version with multiple bookmarks per page.
After Nov 13, all formats (MP3, FLAC, FLAC-HD, and CD) of the show performance will be available at regular prices.
However, KTFM 94.1 didn't officially change its format until noon today.
(It's HXR-MC1 point-of-view recorder-camera combo has likewise format features.
Even 'Moderate' Drinking Impairs Brain Cell Formation.
Refrigerated Display Case Lighting Cost-Cutting with LED Systems Aug 21, 2012 Printable format Email this Article Search.

In science:

After simple formatting, the upper bounds in both papers actually can be unified into the same format x (cid:19)β (|n−m|+1) P (κ > x) ≤ C (m, n, β ) (cid:18) 1 where β = 1 for real random matrices and β = 2 for complex random matrices, and C (m, n, β ) is a function of m, n, and β .
Condition Numbers of Gaussian Random Matrices
The Besanc¸ on model makes no allowance for spiral-arm induced star formation, since a constant star formation rate is adopted for all locations.
High Spatial Resolution Galactic 3D Extinction Mapping with IPHAS
The output of the program is in MIDI format, which in turn is converted into WAVE format for analysis.
Analysis of music: controlled random music and probability distribution function of recurrence time of amplitude peaks
Reproducing these z = 0 observations requires a feedback mechanism that dramatically suppresses star formation in a fraction of galaxies, increasing with mass, while leaving star formation rates of other galaxies essentially unchanged.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
To understand the role of feedback during galaxy formation and evolution, one also has to understand how galaxies are supplied with baryons and in particular with the gas that provides the fuel for star formation.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
The final observable we shall consider is the current star formation rate of individual galaxies, which is most usefully presented relative to its mass as the specific star formation rate (SSFR).
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
Quite frequently galaxy colour is used as a proxy for SSFR, although of course a galaxy’s colour depends on its current star formation rate, the previous star formation history, and the amount of dust attenuation.
Galaxies in a Simulated $\Lambda$CDM Universe II: Observable Properties and Constraints on Feedback
At SPS and lower energies, γcm < 10 and tcoll > 1 fm for a central Au-Au or Pb-Pb collision, so collision time, plasma formation time, and charmonium formation time are all of the same order.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
In particular, the formation time of open and hidden charm hadrons is important and, especially at collider energies, likely longer than the collision time or QGP formation time.
Charmonium from Statistical Hadronization of Heavy Quarks -- a Probe for Deconfinement in the Quark-Gluon Plasma
The DEPFET raw data were converted from a proprietary format to the standard Linear Collider I/O (LCIO) format, pedestal and common mode corrections were applied, the signal on adjacent pixels was clustered.
The ILC DEPFET Prototype: Report of the Test Beam at CERN 2008
Interactions and mergers among galaxies are known to trigger bursts of star formation in galaxies (e.g., Barton, Geller, & Kenyon 2000), yet the trigger for the onset of star-formation on galactic scales in isolated spiral galaxies calls for a different explanation.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
Consistent with this notion, we have found that the smooth transition of spectral properties in AGN is accompanied by a different history of star-formation: as the nuclear emission lines become less and less prominent, the last star-formation event dates to earlier times.
Active Galaxies in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey II: galaxy and activity evolution
They delimit the Initial Mass Function, defining the outcome of star formation and giving the energy scale for the formation process.
Near-Infrared Light Curves of the Brown Dwarf Eclipsing Binary 2MASS J05352184-0546085: Can Spots Explain the Temperature Reversal?
The calculated rate of formation of rapidly rotating neutron stars is qualitatively consistent with estimates of the formation rate of magnetars.
Magnetars, Gamma-ray Bursts, and Very Close Binaries
With symmetric random networks, we choose the consensus mean squared error (MSE) convergence rate as optimization criterion and explicitly express this rate as a function of the link formation probabilities, the link formation spatial correlations, and the consensus weights.
Weight Optimization for Consensus Algorithms with Correlated Switching Topology