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[C, U] outward physical appearance of sb/sth; shape 某人[某物]的外形; 外貌; 样子; 形状: a jelly mould in the form of a motor car 做成汽车形状的果冻 * We could just manage to see the form of an aircraft taking off in the fog. 飞机在雾中起飞, 我们仅仅能看出它的轮廓. * her slender graceful form 她那苗条优美的体形.
[C] ~ (of sth) specific type of arrangement or structure of sth; manner in which sth exists or appears; kind or variety 某事物的具体组成或结构; 某事物存在的或呈现的形式; 形态; 体制; 种类: water in the form of ice 水呈冰的形态 * different forms of government 各种政体 * The training took the form of (ie consisted of) seminars and lectures. 这种培训是以讨论与讲课的形式进行的. * the form (ie set order of words) of the marriage service 婚礼仪式.
[U] general structure and arrangement of sth created such as a musical composition or piece of writing, in contrast to its content (音乐及文学作品等的)形式, 体裁: music in sonata form 奏鸣曲 * literary form 文学体裁 * This painting shows a good sense of form. 这幅画的构图很好.
[C, U] (grammar) (particular) spelling or pronunciation of a word 字形; 字的发音: The plural form of `goose' is `geese'. goose的复数形式是geese. * The words `elevator' and `lift' are different in form but identical in meaning. elevator与lift形式相异但意义相同.
[U] particular manner of behaving, speaking, or writing that is normally required or expected 礼貌; 礼节: Although she is not entitled to attend the dinner, I think she should be invited as a matter of form, ie because it is correct or polite. 尽管她没有资格参加这次晚宴, 我认为出於礼节还是应该邀请她. * What is the form (ie the correct thing to do)? 按理说该怎麽做?
[U] (a) strength, fitness to compete with others, etc of an athlete, a horse, etc (运动员﹑ 马等的)竞技状态: After six months training, the whole team is in superb form. 全队经过六个月的训练竞技状态极佳. (b) record of the actions, behaviour, progress, etc of a person, team, etc (对个人或全队等的动作姿态﹑ 表现﹑ 进步情况等的)记录: On present/current form, Spain will win tonight's match. 就西班牙队目前的状态来看, 今晚的比赛他们能赢. * Judging by recent form, he should easily pass the exam. 从他最近的表现来看, 他应该很容易考及格. * I've got no record of this horse's form. 我没有这匹马的情况记录.
[U] person's feelings, humour or spirits 感情﹑ 幽默或精神状态: They were both in fine/good form at dinner. 晚餐时他们俩的精神都很好.
(Brit sl 俚) record of having been found guilty of crimes and (usu) of having received a prison sentence 犯罪记录(通常指曾入狱者); 前科: He's got no form! 他没有犯罪记录!
[C] class, esp in British private schools and some American private schools 年级(尤用於英国私立学校及美国部分私立学校的): The youngest children are in the first form, the oldest in the sixth form. 最小的儿童上一年级, 最大的上六年级.
[C] long wooden bench, usu without a back 长木凳.
[C] printed or typed piece of paper with questions, and spaces for answers 表格: fill in an application form 填申请表.
[C] place where a hare lives; lair (野兔的)窝, 窟.
(idm 习语) bad/good `form (dated 旧) incorrect/correct social behaviour according to accepted standards 失礼的[有礼貌的]行为: It is sometimes considered bad form to smoke between courses at a meal. 在两道菜之间抽烟有时认为是失礼的. a form of address style of addressing sb in speech or writing 称呼: What form of address should one use when writing to a bishop? 给主教写信应该怎样称呼? in any shape or form => shape1. on/off `form; in/out of `form in a good/bad state of fitness, ability, etc; performing as well as/not as well as usual 处於良好的[不佳的]竞技状态; 表现如常[不如平常]: The team were on excellent form throughout the whole competition. 这个队在整个比赛过程中一直处於极好的竞技状态. on present form => present1. true to form => true.
> -former (forming compound ns 用以构成复合名词) child or young person in the specified form1(9) at school 某年级的学生: a sixth-former.
formless adj without a clear or definite shape or structure 形状或结构不清楚的; 无一定形状或结构的: formless shadows, ideas, dreams 模糊的影子﹑ 想法﹑ 梦. formlessly adv.