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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Old French formacion, from Latin fōrmātiō, from fōrmō (form, verb); see form as verb.

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formation (countable and uncountable, plural formations)

  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.
      (file)
  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.
    • 2017 May 13, Barney Ronay, “Antonio Conte’s brilliance has turned Chelsea’s pop-up team into champions”, in the Guardian[1]:
      N’Golo Kanté embodies both sides of this, a player whose early scratchiness was soothed with glorious results in the new 3-4-3 formation, allowed simply to be his best, most wonderfully mobile, diligent, destructive self.
  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.

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French formacion, borrowed from Latin fōrmātiō, fōrmātiōnem. Cf. also the archaic formaison.

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NounEdit

formation f (plural formations)

  1. formation, forming, development
  2. education; training
    Je suis gynécologue de formation.I'm a trainee gynecologist.
  3. (military) formation

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