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Definition of Formation


  1. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping.
  2. The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation of the heart.
  3. A substance formed or deposited.
  4. Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations.
  5. A group of beds of the same age or period; as, the Eocene formation.
  6. The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc.

Formation Quotations

One of the most beautiful ways for spiritual formation to take place is to let your insecurity lead you closer to the Lord. Natural hypersensitivity can become an asset; it makes you aware of your need to be with people and it allows you to be more willing to look at their needs.
Henri Nouwen

The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don't think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.
Margaret Atwood

The interval between the decay of the old and the formation and establishment of the new constitutes a period of transition which must always necessarily be one of uncertainty, confusion, error, and wild and fierce fanaticism.
John C. Calhoun

Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the formation of the earth, that without them, no one would have ever dreamed that there were successive epochs in the formation of the globe.
Georges Cuvier

Slavery existed before the formation of this Union. It derived from the Constitution that recognition which it would not have enjoyed without the confederation. If the States had not united together, there would have been no obligation on adjoining States to regard any species of property unknown to themselves.
Jefferson Davis
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Formation Translations

formation in French is ajustement, formation
formation in German is Gliederung, Gestaltung, Gestaltung
formation in Italian is cultura, origine
formation in Norwegian is danning, formasjon
formation in Swedish is gruppering, bildning
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