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Form

Form is the shape, visual appearance, constitution or configuration of an object. In a wider sense, the form is the way something is or happens.

Form may also refer to the following:

  • Form (document), a document (printed or electronic) with spaces in which to write or enter data
  • Form (education), a class, set or group of students
  • Form (exercise), a proper way of performing an exercise
  • Form (horse racing), a record of a racehorse's performance, or similarly for an athlete
  • Form (religion), an academic term for prescriptions or norms on religious practice
  • Form (visual art), a three-dimensional geometrical figure; one of the seven elements of art
  • Musical form, a generic type of composition or the structure of a particular piece
  • Form (nest), a shallow depression or flattened nest of grass used by a hare
  • Criminal record, slang

Mathematics

  • Algebraic form (homogeneous polynomial), which generalises quadratic forms to degrees 3 and more, also known as quantics or simply forms
  • Bilinear form, on a vector space V over a field F is a mapping V × VF that is linear in both arguments
  • Differential form, a concept from differential topology that combines multilinear forms and smooth functions
  • Indeterminate form, an algebraic expression that cannot be used to evaluate a limit
  • Modular form, a (complex) analytic function on the upper half plane satisfying a certain kind of functional equation and growth condition
  • Multilinear form, which generalises bilinear forms to mappings VNF
  • Quadratic form, a homogeneous polynomial of degree two in a number of variables

Biology

Computing

  • Form (HTML), a document form used on a web page to, typically, submit user data to a server
  • Form (programming), a component-based representation of a GUI window
  • FORM (symbolic manipulation system), a program for symbolic computations
  • Form (computer virus), the most common computer virus of the 1990s
  • Oracle Forms, a Rapid Application Development environment for developing database applications
  • Windows Forms, the graphical API within the Microsoft .NET Framework for access to native Microsoft Windows interface elements
  • XForms, an XML format for the specification of user interfaces, specifically web forms

Martial arts

  • Kata (型 or 形), the detailed pattern of defence-and-attack
  • Taeguk (Taekwondo) (형), the "forms" used to create a foundation for the teaching of Taekwondo
  • Taolu (套路), forms used in Chinese martial arts and sport wushu

Philosophy

  • Substantial form, asserts that ideas organize matter and make it intelligible
  • Intelligible form, a substantial form as it is apprehended by the intellect
  • Theory of Forms, asserts that ideas possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality
  • Value-form, an approach to understanding the origins of commodity trade and the formation of markets
  • Argument form, aka Logical form or Test form - replacing the different words, or sentences, that make up the argument with letters, along the lines of algebra; the letters represent logical variables

Other

  • First-order reliability method, a semi-probabilistic reliability analysis method devised to evaluate the reliability of a system
  • Form, the relation a word has to a lexeme
  • Formwork, a mould used for concrete construction
  • A form is a backless bench formerly used for seating in dining halls, school rooms and courtrooms.
  • Isoform, several different forms of the same protein
  • Sixth form, an English term for the final two years of secondary school
  • The Forms (band), an American indie rock band

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