formless


formless
formless, unformed, shapeless are comparable when they mean having no definite or recognizable form.
Something is formless which is so fluid or so shifting in its outlines, structure, or character that it does not assume, or is incapable of assuming, a fixed or determinate form
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the rising world of waters . . . won from the void and formless infinite— Milton

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sprang from the billows of the formless flood— Shelley

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a formless fear

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the formless welter of his prose works— Saintsbury

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Something is unformed which has existence but has not yet attained the form or character proper to it when it has reached the height of its possible growth or development
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an unformed girl of twelve

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an unformed mind

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1unformed genius

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Often it suggests crudeness or callousness
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very clever in some ways—and very unformedchildish almost—in others— Ward

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this unformed government is the "legitimate" one— Gorrell

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Something is shapeless which lacks or has lost the clear- cut outline or contour that is regarded as proper to a thing or essential to its beauty
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a shapeless old woman

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beat a silver dish into a shapeless mass

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Conversation, which before had a beginning and an end, now grew shapeless and interminable— Richard Hughesy
Analogous words: fluid, *liquid: rough, raw, crude, *rude

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  • Formless — Form less, a. Shapeless; without a determinate form; wanting regularity of shape. {Form less*ly}, adv. {Form less*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • formless — index indefinite, indeterminate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • formless — (adj.) 1590s, from FORM (Cf. form) (n.) + LESS (Cf. less). Related: Formlessly; formlessness …   Etymology dictionary

  • formless — [adj] disorganized, vague amorphous, baggy*, blobby*, chaotic, crude, inchoate, incoherent, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, nebulous, obscure, orderless, raw, rough, rude, shapeless, unclear, undefined, unformed, unorganized; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • formless — [fôrm′lis] adj. having no definite or regular form or plan; shapeless formlessly adv. formlessness n …   English World dictionary

  • Formless — Infobox Album Name = Formless Type = studio Artist = Aghora Released = December 2006 Recorded = 2006 Genre = Progressive metal Length = 70:43 Label = Dobles Productions Producer = Santiago Dobles, Neil Kernon Reviews = Last album = Transitions… …   Wikipedia

  • formless — adjective 1 without a definite shape: Figures emerged out of the mist, dull and formless at first. 2 ideas or feelings that are formless are not clear or definite: A formless melancholy overcame her. formlessly adverb formlessness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • formless — form|less [ˈfo:mləs US ˈfo:rm ] adj without a definite shape ▪ To the listener, this music is incoherent and formless. ▪ formless horrors that await you in the fog >formlessly adv >formlessness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • formless — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)mləs[/t]] ADJ Something that is formless does not have a clear or definite structure or shape. A series of largely formless images rushed across the screen. Syn: amorphous …   English dictionary

  • formless — UK [ˈfɔː(r)mləs] / US [ˈfɔrmləs] adjective if something that is real or imagined is formless, it has no definite shape A dark formless danger terrified her. Derived word: formlessness noun uncountable …   English dictionary


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