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[fawr-mey-shuh n] /fɔrˈmeɪ ʃən/

the act or process of forming or the state of being formed:
the formation of ice.
the manner in which a thing is formed; disposition of parts; formal structure or arrangement.


the act of giving or taking form, shape, or existence
something that is formed
the manner in which something is formed or arranged


(ecology) a community of plants, such as a tropical rainforest, extending over a very large area

late 14c., from Old French formacion (12c.) or directly from Latin formationem (nominative formatio) “a forming, shaping,” noun of action or condition from past participle stem of formare “to form” (see form (v.)).

formation for·ma·tion (fôr-mā’shən)

A long, mappable body of rock that is recognizable by its physical characteristics and by its location within the rock record.


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