good form

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n good form behavior that conforms to social conventions of the time "it is not good form to brag about winning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Good form the general appearance, condition or action, originally of horses, afterwards of persons; as, the members of a boat crew are said to be in good form when they pull together uniformly. The phrases are further used colloquially in description of conduct or manners in society; as, it is not good form to smoke in the presence of a lady.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Good form according to good social usage, or the opposite
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Quotations

  • Richard McKenna
    Richard McKenna
    “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
  • Sri Swami Sivananda
    Sri Swami Sivananda
    “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.”
  • Eliza Cook
    Eliza Cook
    “Though language forms the preacher, 'Tis good works make the man.”
  • Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
    Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
    “It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.”
  • Sarah J. Hale
    Sarah J. Hale
    “Nor need we power or splendor, wide hall or lordly dome; the good, the true, the tender- these form the wealth of home.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
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    “The conscience of children is formed by the influences that surround them; their notions of good and evil are the result of the moral atmosphere they breathe.”

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

I will no more believe one of them more good in its inclinations than I can conceive it more charming in its form than my wife.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
But now they have adopted the opposite ideal of 'good form,' which may be defined as Puritanism without religion.
"The Defendant" by G.K. Chesterton
Within the saints one dream of goodness forms.
"The Right and Wrong Uses of the Bible" by R. Heber Newton
A good Dahlia is judged of by its form, size, and color.
"Flowers and Flower-Gardens" by David Lester Richardson
They landed here, and remained three days, and found that it was no island, but a bay forming a good harbour.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
That a woman who had been brought up like this should form a friendship with me naturally caused a good deal of talk.
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
Formed of elastic materials, it rocks a good deal when passengers go over it.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 335" by Various
If a word has a good plural use each form in its place.
"Write It Right" by Ambrose Bierce
Certainly, good student, but still clairvoyance plays an important part even in this elementary form of prevision and future-seeing.
"Clairvoyance and Occult Powers" by Swami Panchadasi
There are certain ways of extravagant smartness which are not considered to be good form among solid wealthy provincials.
"The Regent" by E. Arnold Bennett
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In poetry:

While each receives his diff'rent food,
Their cheerful looks pronounce it good:
Eagles and bears, and whales and worms,
Rejoice and praise in diff'rent forms.
"Psalm 104" by Isaac Watts
Thy goods are bought with many a groan,
By the hot sweat of toil alone,
And weary hearts;
Fleet-footed is the approach of woe,
But with a lingering step and slow
Its form departs.
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
But with a tenderness of mind
That prov'd him truly not inclined,
Their friendship to destroy;
He form'd a plan, and held it good;
To hurt as little as he could,
The Serpent, or the boy.
"The Grateful Snake" by William Hayley
I swore I lov'd, and you believ'd,
Yet, trust me, we were both deceiv'd;
Though all I swore was true.
I lov'd one gen'rous, good, and kind,
A form created in my mind;
And thought that form was you.
"Epigram VII." by Robert Nugent
But in the glorious time reveal'd
Each form of ill shall fade and fall;
And every, every wound be heal'd,
And God, our God, be all in all:
All light, all love, all God, all good,
An infinite beatitude!
"The Divine Apocalypse" by John Bowring
My blessing on his noble form, and on his lofty head,
May all good angels guard him while living and when dead;
And when the final hour shall come to summons him away,
May his soul be wafted to the realms of bliss I do pray.
"McGonagall's Ode to the King" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

But the truth is, if we live long enough, the odds are pretty good that we may get some form of dementia.
This week's long-form good reads look at 'out of sight, out of mind' environmental costs of energy extraction, animals' 'moral' behavior, and the hard work of a luxury repo man.
With significant ice expected over much of Texoma, it seems like a good time to discuss why it's likely to be mainly in the form of freezing rain and sleet instead of snow.
Our newly formed non-partisan group, Montezuma Voters for Good Government, wants to hold our legislators' feet to the fire.
Colfax running back Beau Baggett showed good running form throughout the contest and finished with two touchdowns.
Flores said donations can be made in the form of new or used heaters — although they do need to be in good working order — or monetary donations so the local charity can purchase the heaters and distribute them.
The sport is mostly known as a form of self-defense, but is also good for exercise, entertainment and its philosophy.
But the return is in the form of social good, not cash.
Allyn Rose, Miss DC 2012, spoke on Good Morning America about her decision to have a double mastectomy as a form of preventative health care.
Rookie quarterback and overall number one draft pick Andrew Luck continued his good form as Indianapolis cruised to a 27-10 away win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday to record their fourth straight victory of the NFL season.
Wes Anderson, in good familiar form.
This week's long-form good reads look at 'out of sight, out of mind' environmental costs of energy extraction, animals' ' moral ' behavior, and the hard work of a luxury repo man.
Nas ' album "Life is Good" is being hailed as a return to form.
It's also a good time to review and possibly modify withholding via Form W-4.
The eccentric actor and keen environmentalist is a huge fan of the roughage - a form of cabbage which is good for aiding digestion - and enjoys it with most meals.
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In science:

A simple functional form has been found that gives a good representation of the total reaction cross sections for the scattering from 208Pb of protons with energies in the range 30 to 300 MeV.
A simple functional form for proton-${}^{208}$Pb total reaction cross sections
The good way of formalizing the theory is to say that orbifolds form a 2-category.
Orbispaces and Orbifolds from the Point of View of the Borel Construction, a new Definition
The form of the lift (a generalized Jordan-Schwinger map) and the canonical structure of the Moyal product ensure that this procedure defines a good ∗ product in the smaller dimensions.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
Note also that (49) is still not in a good form since r12 is not an invariantly defined geometric distance measure.
Close encounters of black holes
We have also tried a simple linear scaling of the form h∆p(y , L)i/h∆p(0)i = f ((y −L/2)/L), but the collapse of the data is not very good.
Statistical properties of fracture in a random spring model
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