formless

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj formless having no physical form "belief in a world filled with...formless but often malevolent beings"
    • adj formless having no definite form or distinct shape "amorphous clouds of insects","an aggregate of formless particles","a shapeless mass of protoplasm"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Formless Shapeless; without a determinate form; wanting regularity of shape.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • formless Wanting form or shape; without a determinate form; shapeless; amorphous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Formless shapeless
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. forme—L. forma, shape.

Usage

In literature:

While our captor was almost formless, the newcomer had a very definite shape.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science July 1930" by Various
The fantastic crags stood dark with formless shadow.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
A trap-door opened in the circle, and some formless thing dropped out of sight.
"Priestess of the Flame" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
The wreckage was all so formless.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Sitting in his smooth-worn, wooden armchair, he was almost formless.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
One may therefore say that the ether is formless.
"The Machinery of the Universe" by Amos Emerson Dolbear
How can so formless a thing, still waiting for its Spiritual Body, be beautiful?
"The Prodigal Returns" by Lilian Staveley
A formless wrack of clouds streams across the awful sky, and the rain sweeps almost parallel with the horizon.
"Masterpieces of Mystery" by Various
They gathered like the formless winter clouds, without falling in any rain.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Formless and vague, it wavered and blurred to his straining eyes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Formless dreams tortured me with impalpable tragedies and apprehensions of horror.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
All my life long a figure formless, veiled, and like a shadow has come to me at any crisis.
"A Singer from the Sea" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Formless and dim of outline in the darkness, its vast bulk was unmistakable.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
There was a fear formless and featureless; and there was loss, dreadful loss.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
The people who have thought the book formless or lacking in structure, are perfectly right.
"The Thread of Gold" by Arthur Christopher Benson
I no longer felt adrift in a formless chaos of forces.
"The Passionate Friends" by Herbert George Wells
It was no more than a formless tumult through which faint yells came occasionally.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Now, as he hurried, he occasionally was stopped short by collision with the formless shapes which were all about him.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
Like most institutions, monasticism began in a formless, undirected enthusiasm.
"Women of Early Christianity" by Alfred Brittain
She sat by herself in the far corner, a formless, shrunken creature in deep black.
"Rich Living" by Michael Cathal
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In poetry:

Kind words he speaks—but all the time
As from a formless height
To which no human foot can climb—
Half-swathed in ancient night.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Almighty Spirit, now behold
A world by sin destroyed:
Creating Spirit, as of old,
Move on the formless void,
Move on the formless void.
"Almighty Spirit, Now Behold" by James Montgomery
“‘Father beloved,’ the son replied,
And failed to gather to his breast,
With arms in darkness searching wide,
The formless guest.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
When moiling seems at cease
In the vague void of night-time,
And heaven's wide roomage stormless
Between the dusk and light-time,
And fear at last is formless,
We call the allurement Peace.
""According to the Mighty Working"" by Thomas Hardy
Rushing winds and snow-like drift,
Forceful, formless, fierce, and swift!
Hair-like vapours madly riven!
Waters smitten into dust!
Lightning through the turmoil driven,
Aimless, useless, yet it must!
"Light" by George MacDonald
As lost and void, as dark and cold
And formless as that earth of old;
A wandering waste of storm and night,
Midst spheres of song and realms of light;
A blot upon thy holy sky,
Untouched, unwarned of thee, am I.
"Invocation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Don't let vacation turn you into a formless blob .
A strange, almost formless war.
Don't let vacation turn you into a formless blob.
Formless Vignettes Are Hit and Miss in 'New York, I Love You'.
Formless Vignettes Are Hit and Miss in 'New York, I Love You'.
Nothing works in this formless film that tries too hard to be cute.
Full Kee , 509 H St. Like Prince Joffrey in Game of Thrones, jellyfish is brainless, formless, and spineless.
All is intermingled and formless.
"NW," like Zadie Smith's previous novels, is a fascinating and rereadable failure, a strange, almost formless hybrid that is nevertheless teeming with life.
In August, Yeasayer performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon surrounded by formless, space-age structures designed and built in collaboration with the Creators Project.
Full Kee, 509 H St. Like Prince Joffrey in Game of Thrones, jellyfish is brainless, formless, and spineless.
Far from the restrictions of traditional marriage or the formlessness of modern marriage, a biblical marriage is a blend of structure and equality.
2 Now the economy was formless and void, darkness was over the surface of the ATMs, and the Spirit of Govt was hovering over the land.
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In science:

The cold dark matter theory is crucial to testing inflation, and if it proves correct, would complete the standard cosmology by connecting the theorist’s early Universe which is smooth and formless to the astronomer’s Universe which is inhomogeneous and abounds with structure.
Inflation: From Theory to Observation and Back
On the correct view, the form of an ob ject is a set of internal spatial relations, and a noncomposite ob ject is formless.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
The absence of a small triangle from the third corner of the big triangle in Fig. 1B indicates the formlessness of a fundamental particle.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
The absence of a small triangle from one of the corners of the big triangle in B indicates the formlessness of a noncomposite ob ject.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
Quite to the contrary, the formlessness of the fundamental constituents of matter tells us something of considerable ontological significance, for it implies, among other things, that fundamental particles exist in space only in the sense that they possess (more or less “fuzzy”) relative positions.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
They form enormous, rather formless, feeding aggregations of many thousands of animals.
Switching model with two habitats and a predator involving group defence
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