form-n; 14 Senses

Sense Number 1: stylistic structure, arrangement or composition of something

Commentary: FORM[+shape][+abstract][+stylistic][+composition][+arrangement][+intentional]
NOTE: a metaphoric extension of Sense 2 (physical shape) to more abstract intentional arrangement or structure

This wine has good form and balance. (refers to structure in flavor and taste)
Their study of musical form included elements of harmony and melody.
Critics say his speeches have a lot of form but little content.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 2: geometric or spatial shape, configuration of something

Commentary: FORM[+shape][+spatial][+geometry][+of_object] shape, configuration, countour, conformation-
NOTE: implies a physical, geometric, spatial shape

The form of that lake suggests it was created by a meteor impact.
The painting has really captured nicely the form, texture and color of the tree.
This physical pyramid is a close approximation to the perfect geometrical form of a pyramid.
Mary admired the delicate graceful form of the vase.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: conduct, behavior

Commentary: FORM[+activity][+behavior][+conduct] Refers to human conduct in a social context

It was poor form of John to show up at the dinner with an uninvited guest. (not proper conduct)
What is the right form for greeting the Japanese guests and introducing them at the meeting?
John has an excessive concern for legal form and precedent.
True to form, they showed up at the meeting twenty minutes late. (Idiomatic usage - based on past behavior, they did the expected thing)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5a

Sense Number 4: particular modality, manifestation, appearance of an individual thing

Commentary: FORM[+state][+manifestation][+modality][+appearance] a particular mode in which something is manifested
NOTE: refers to the manifestation or appearance of a specific thing, not an abstract class

The word 'swiftly' is the adverbial form of the English noun 'swift'. (implies a specific manifestation)
This expression is the polite form of address in German.
Her obsession took the form of compulsive exercise twice a day.
The essay was in the form of a dialogue.
Write down your ideas in outline form first, before beginning to write the actual story.
Although this form in English looks similar to that form in Mayan, the words are not related. (refers to specific tokens of writing, not whole system)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 5: abstract classification, category, variety or type

Commentary: FORM[+entity][+abstract][+category][+variety] a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic
NOTE: refers to a collection of instances, not a single specific instance (compare to Sense 4)
NOTE: substituting the word 'type' for 'form' should sound natural for instances of this sense., X IS TYPE/FORM OF Y

Sculpture and painting are forms of visual art.
Although it is a form of cancer, it never metastasizes.
Sponsorship is a form of advertising.
The book describes various forms of worship in human society.
This picture shows another rare form of that African butterfly. (picture of a variant type)
Was the fugue a popular form of musical composition during the 17th century? (refers to a whole type, not a specific piece)
The microbiologist may have discovered a new form of this virus.
Linear B is among the earlier forms of human writing. (refers to the system as a type, not an instance of its manifestation)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 6: anatomical shape of the body of a being, physique

Commentary: FORM[+shape][+anatomical][+of_being]
NOTE: refers to the whole physique of a human, or animal
NOTE: related to Sense 2, but is a specific reference to anatomical shapes of humans, animals

Leonardo studied the human form.
The art class has been sketching nude forms in charcoal for the past several weeks.
The man's eyes scanned the slender form of the woman from head to toe.
The forms, both animal and human, on the left side of the wall were painted 1000 years earlier than those on the right side.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 7: worksheet, document with spaces to fill in

Commentary: FORM[+entity][+artifact][+document][+with_spaces][+for_writing] a printed document with spaces in which to write

He filled out his tax forms.
The lawyer requires our signature on three different forms.
The nurse gave me a form to fill out while I waited.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 12

Sense Number 8: mold for casting, setting concrete

Commentary: FORM[+entity][+artifact][+mold][+temporary][+for_wet_concrete] a mold for setting concrete

They built elaborate forms for pouring the foundation.
You must pour the mixture into a form before it hardens.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 16

Sense Number 9: mannequin

Commentary: FORM[+entity][+artifact][+mannequin] a life-size dummy used to display clothes

The forms in the front window of the dress shop displayed winter sportswear.
The storage area of the department store contained old forms and clothing racks.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 15

Sense Number 10: ability, state of preparedness for performing

Commentary: FORM[+state][+preparedness][+performance] an ability to perform well

He was at the top of his form.
The team was off form last night.
The actor was in terrible form in last night's performance.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 14

Sense Number 11: phase state of matter

Commentary: FORM[+state][+manifestation][+modality][+phase][+of_matter] a distinct state of matter in a system, e.g, solid, liquid, gaseous, plasma
NOTE: a narrower chemical usage of Sense 4

Oxygen is very cold in its liquid form.
Water vapor is just a gaseous form of H2O.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 12: class of students taught together

Commentary: FORM[+entity][+person][+group][+student][+same_class] grade - a body of students who are taught together
NOTE: British usage

Early morning forms are always sleepy.
His son is in the fifth form this year at school.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 13

Sense Number 13: sequence of physical movements

Commentary: FORM[+event][+physical][+movement][+sequence][+connected] pre-determined sequence of movements

John practiced his forms for Tai-Kwon-Do.
The ballerinas are learning all the basic forms, beginning with the first position.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 14: printed sheet with performance record of racing, e.g., racehorses

Commentary: FORM[+entity][+artifact][+document][+record][+performance][+racing]

John studied the racing forms before the Kentucky Derby.
The forms are printed in the daily newspaper.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: -12_2