• (America) IPA: /fɔɹ.meɪ.ʃən/
  • (British) IPA: /fə(ɹ).meɪ.ʃən/


  1. Something possessing structure or form.
  2. The act of assembling a group or structure.
    • 2019, [ VOA Learning English] (public domain)
      Some cloud formation was confirmed and rainfall was observed over some islands.
  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.
    Synonyms: battle group, brigade group, task force, combat team
  5. (military) An arrangement of moving troops, ships, or aircraft, such as a wedge, line abreast, or echelon. Often "in formation".
    Synonyms: tactical formation, battle formation
  6. (sports) An arrangement of players designed to facilitate certain plays.
  7. The process of influencing or guiding a person to a deeper understanding of a particular vocation.
  8. The process during which something comes into being and gains its characteristics.
  9. (category theory) A structure made of two categories, two functors from the first to the second category, and a transformation from one of the functors to the other.
Related terms Translations
  • Russian: образова́ние
  • German: Bildung
  • Russian: образова́ние
  • Russian: форма́ция
  • Russian: формирова́ние
  • Russian: строй
  • Portuguese: formação
  • Russian: образова́ние

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