formation

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Pronunciation[change]

  • (US) IPA: /fɔr.meɪ.ʃən/
  • (UK) IPA: /fə(r).meɪ.ʃən/
  • Hyphenation: for‧ma‧tion

Noun[change]

Singular
formation

Plural
formations

  1. Something having structure or form.
    The chorus boys and girls were put through a variety of formations in the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical.
    The band members created many interesting formations during half-time.
  2. The act of building a group or structure.
  3. (geology) A rock or face of a mountain.
  4. (military) A grouping of military units or smaller formations under a command, such as a brigade, division, wing, etc.
  5. (military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
  6. The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.

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