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Definition of forming (Meaning of forming)
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Forming Form"ing, n.
	     The act or process of giving form or shape to anything; as,
	     in shipbuilding, the exact shaping of partially shaped
	     timbers.
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	  Form Form (f[^o]rm), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Formed} (f[^o]rmd);
	     p. pr. & vb. n. {Forming}.] [F. former, L. formare, fr.
	     forma. See {Form}, n.]
	     1. To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make;
	        to fashion.
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	              God formed man of the dust of the ground. --Gen. ii.
	                                                    7.
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	              The thought that labors in my forming brain. --Rowe.
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	     2. To give a particular shape to; to shape, mold, or fashion
	        into a certain state or condition; to arrange; to adjust;
	        also, to model by instruction and discipline; to mold by
	        influence, etc.; to train.
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	              'T is education forms the common mind. --Pope.
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	              Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.
	                                                    --Dryden.
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	     3. To go to make up; to act as constituent of; to be the
	        essential or constitutive elements of; to answer for; to
	        make the shape of; -- said of that out of which anything
	        is formed or constituted, in whole or in part.
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	              The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far
	              the majority.                         --Burke.
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	     4. To provide with a form, as a hare. See {Form}, n., 9.
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	              The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.
	                                                    --Drayton.
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	     5. (Gram.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the
	        proper suffixes and affixes.
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	     6. (Elec.) To treat (plates) so as to bring them to fit
	        condition for introduction into a storage battery, causing
	        one plate to be composed more or less of spongy lead, and
	        the other of lead peroxide. This was formerly done by
	        repeated slow alternations of the charging current, but
	        now the plates or grids are coated or filled, one with a
	        paste of red lead and the other with litharge, introduced
	        into the cell, and formed by a direct charging current.
	        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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