Hypertext Webster Gateway: "forming"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

God formed man of the dust of the ground. --Gen. ii.

The thought that labors in my forming brain. --Rowe.

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.

'T is education forms the common mind. --Pope.

Thus formed for speed, he challenges the wind.

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.

The diplomatic politicians . . . who formed by far
the majority. --Burke.

4. To provide with a form, as a hare. See {Form}, n., 9.

The melancholy hare is formed in brakes and briers.

5. (Gram.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the
proper suffixes and affixes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Forming \Form"ing\, n.
The act or process of giving form or shape to anything; as,
in shipbuilding, the exact shaping of partially shaped

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