|Noah Webster's Dictionary|
1. (n.) A suffix used to denote in the form / shape of, resembling, etc.; as, valiform; oviform.
2. (n.) The shape and structure of anything, as distinguished from the material of which it is composed; particular disposition or arrangement of matter, giving it individuality or distinctive character; configuration; figure; external appearance.
3. (n.) Constitution; mode of construction, organization, etc.; system; as, a republican form of government.
4. (n.) Established method of expression or practice; fixed way of proceeding; conventional or stated scheme; formula; as, a form of prayer.
5. (n.) Show without substance; empty, outside appearance; vain, trivial, or conventional ceremony; conventionality; formality; as, a matter of mere form.
6. (n.) Orderly arrangement; shapeliness; also, comeliness; elegance; beauty.
7. (n.) A shape; an image; a phantom.
8. (n.) That by which shape is given or determined; mold; pattern; model.
9. (n.) A long seat; a bench; hence, a rank of students in a school; a class; also, a class or rank in society.
10. (n.) The seat or bed of a hare.
11. (n.) The type or other matter from which an impression is to be taken, arranged and secured in a chase.
12. (n.) The boundary line of a material object. In painting, more generally, the human body.
13. (n.) The particular shape or structure of a word or part of speech; as, participial forms; verbal forms.
14. (n.) The combination of planes included under a general crystallographic symbol. It is not necessarily a closed solid.
15. (n.) That assemblage or disposition of qualities which makes a conception, or that internal constitution which makes an existing thing to be what it is; -- called essential or substantial form, and contradistinguished from matter; hence, active or formative nature; law of being or activity; subjectively viewed, an idea; objectively, a law.
16. (n.) Mode of acting or manifestation to the senses, or the intellect; as, water assumes the form of ice or snow. In modern usage, the elements of a conception furnished by the mind's own activity, as contrasted with its object or condition, which is called the matter; subjectively, a mode of apprehension or belief conceived as dependent on the constitution of the mind; objectively, universal and necessary accompaniments or elements of every object known or thought of.
17. (n.) The peculiar characteristics of an organism as a type of others; also, the structure of the parts of an animal or plant.
18. (n.) To give form or shape to; to frame; to construct; to make; to fashion.
19. (n.) 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.
20. (n.) 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.
21. (n.) To provide with a form, as a hare. See Form, n., 9.
22. (n.) To derive by grammatical rules, as by adding the proper suffixes and affixes.
23. (v. i.) To take a form, definite shape, or arrangement; as, the infantry should form in column.
24. (v. i.) To run to a form, as a hare.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
form (yatsar, to'ar; morphe):
(1) To form is "to fashion," "create," "produce." In the Old Testament it is for the most part the translation of yatsar, "to form," "to fashion" (Genesis 2:7, etc., "Yahweh God formed man of the dust of the ground," etc.); also of chul and chil, "to be twisted" "turned round" "to bring forth (in pain)" (compare Isaiah 13:8 Micah 4:10 Deuteronomy 32:18 the King James Version, "God that formed thee"; Job 26:13 the King James Version; Psalm 90:2, "or ever thou hadst formed the earth" etc.; Proverbs 26:10 the King James Version). In the New Testament we have morphoo, "to form" (Galatians 4:19, "until Christ be formed in you"); plasso, "to form," "to mold" (Romans 9:20, "him that formed it"; 1 Timothy 2:13, "Adam was first formed"; APC 2Macc 7:23, "the Creator. who formed the generation of man," the Revised Version (British and American) "fashioned"; 7:22, "that formed the members (diarrhuthmizo)," the Revised Version (British and American) "brought into order").
(2) Form (noun) is used for
(a) appearance, mar'eh, "sight," "appearance" (Job 4:16, "I could not discern the form thereof" the Revised Version (British and American) "appearance" with "form" for "image" (temunah) in next sentence); tselem, Aramaic "image" (Daniel 3:19, "The form of his visage was changed"); rew, "form," "likeness" (Daniel 2:31; Daniel 3:25, the Revised Version (British and American) "aspect"); to'ar, "visage," "form" (1 Samuel 28:14, "What form is he of?");
(b) the fixed or characteristic form of anything, tabhnith, "model," "form" (Ezekiel 8:3; Ezekiel 10:8, "the form of a hand"; Ezekiel 8:10, "every form of creeping things"); morphe, characteristic form as distinguished from schema, changing fashion (Philippians 2:6, "in the form of God"; Philippians 2:7, "the form of a servant"; less distinctly Mark 16:12, "in another form");
(c) shape, model, pattern, mold, tsurah, "shape," from tsur, "to cut or carve" (Ezekiel 43:11, ter, "the form of the house," etc.); mishpat, "rule" (2 Chronicles 4:7 the King James Version); tupos, "type," "impress" (Romans 6:17, the Revised Version, margin "pattern"); hupotuposis, "outline," pattern (2 Timothy 1:13, the Revised Version (British and American) "pattern"); morphosis, "form," "appearance" (Romans 2:20, "the form of knowledge");
(d) orderly arrangement, giving shape or form (Genesis 1:2 Jeremiah 4:23, the earth was "without form," tohu, the Revised Version (British and American) "waste"; The Wisdom of Solomon APC Wis 11:17, amorphos); "form of speech" (2 Samuel 14:20, aspect, panim, "face," the Revised Version (British and American) "to change the face of the matter"); as giving comeliness or beauty, to'ar (Isaiah 52:14; Isaiah 53:2, "He hath no form nor comeliness"; compare Genesis 29:17; Genesis 39:6, etc.; The Wisdom of Solomon APC Wis 15:5, "desiring the form (eidos) of a dead image," the Revised Version (British and American) "the breathless form");
(e) Show, without substance, morphosis, "form" (2 Timothy 3:5, "holding a form of godliness").
ARV has "didst form" for "hast possessed" (Psalm 139:13, so the English Revised Version, margin; both have "formed" for "made" (Psalm 104:26), the American Standard Revised Version for "framed" twice (Isaiah 29:16); both for "formed thee," "gave birth" (Deuteronomy 32:18); "pierced" (Job 26:13); "woundeth" (Proverbs 26:10); "fastened" (Isaiah 44:10); for "are formed from" (Job 26:5), "tremble"; for "their form" (2 Chronicles 4:7), "the ordinance concerning them"; "form" for "similitude" (Numbers 12:8 Deuteronomy 4:12, 15); for "size" (1 Kings 6:25; 1 Kings 7:37); for "shape" (Luke 3:22 John 5:37); "in the form" for "similitude" (Deuteronomy 4:16); for "or the like" (Deuteronomy 4:23, 15); the American Standard Revised Version "(beholding) thy form" for "thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15, the English Revised Version, margin); "every form" for "all appearance" (1 Thessalonians 5:22; so the English Revised Version, margin "appearance").
W. L. Walker
Form (153 Occurrences)
Matthew 13:3 And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, A man went out to put seed in the earth; (BBE)
Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came and said to him, Why do you say things to them in the form of stories? (BBE)
Matthew 13:13 For this reason I put things into the form of stories; because they see without seeing, and give ear without hearing, and the sense is not clear to them. (BBE)
Matthew 13:34 All these things Jesus said to the people in the form of stories; and without a story he said nothing to them: (BBE)
Matthew 17:2 There in their presence His form underwent a change; His face shone like the sun, and His raiment became as white as the light. (WEY BBE)
Matthew 28:3 His form was shining like the light, and his clothing was white as snow: (BBE)
Mark 3:23 And turning to them, he said to them in the form of a story, How is it possible for Satan to put out Satan? (BBE)
Mark 4:2 And he gave them teaching about a number of things in the form of stories, and said to them in his teaching, Give ear: (BBE)
Mark 4:11 And he said to them, To you is given the secret of the kingdom of God, but to those who are outside, all things are given in the form of stories; (BBE)
Mark 9:2 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John, and brought them up onto a high mountain privately by themselves, and he was changed into another form in front of them. (WEB BBE)
Mark 12:1 And he gave them teaching in the form of stories. A man had a vine-garden planted, and put a wall about it, and made a place for crushing out the wine, and put up a tower, and let it out to field-workers, and went into another country. (BBE)
Mark 16:12 After these things he was revealed in another form to two of them, as they walked, on their way into the country. (WEB KJV WEY ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form as a dove on him; and a voice came out of the sky, saying "You are my beloved Son. In you I am well pleased." (WEB ASV BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Luke 6:39 And he gave them teaching in the form of a story, saying, Is it possible for one blind man to be guide to another? will they not go falling together into a hole? (BBE)
Luke 8:4 And when a great number of people came together, and men from every town went out to him, he gave them teaching in the form of a story: (BBE)
Luke 12:15 And he said to them, Take care to keep yourselves free from the desire for property; for a man's life is not made up of the number of things which he has. (See NAS)
Luke 12:52 For from this time there will be in one house five persons split into parties. Three will form a party against two and two will form a party against three; (WEY)
Luke 14:7 And he gave teaching in the form of a story to the guests who came to the feast, when he saw how they took the best seats; saying to them, (BBE)
John 5:37 The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. (WEB ASV BBE NAS RSV NIV)
John 7:24 Do not form superficial judgements, but form the judgements that are just." (WEY)
John 10:6 In this Jesus was teaching them in the form of a story: but what he said was not clear to them. (BBE)
Acts 7:41 They made a calf in those days, and brought a sacrifice to the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their hands. (See NIV)
Acts 7:50 Did not My hand form this universe.' (WEY)
Acts 14:11 So he sprang up and began to walk about. Then the crowds, seeing what Paul had done, rent the air with their shouts in the Lycaonian language, saying, "The gods have assumed human form and have come down to us." (WEY BBE NIV)
Acts 17:29 If then we are the offspring of God, it is not right for us to have the idea that God is like gold or silver or stone, formed by the art or design of man. (Root in BBE DBY NAS)
Acts 23:25 And he wrote a letter after this form: (ASV DBY NAS)
Acts 28:22 But we have a desire to give hearing to your opinion: for as to this form of religion, we have knowledge that in all places it is attacked. (BBE)
Romans 1:23 and traded the glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things. (See NAS)
Romans 2:20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of babies, having in the law the form of knowledge and of the truth. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Romans 6:17 But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto you were delivered. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS NIV)
Romans 7:8 But sin, taking its chance through that which was ordered by the law, was working in me every form of desire: because without the law sin is dead. (BBE)
Romans 9:20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed ask him who formed it, "Why did you make me like this?" (Root in WEB KJV ASV DBY WBS YLT NIV)
Romans 12:5 so collectively we form one body in Christ, while individually we are linked to one another as its members. (WEY NIV)
1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore form no premature judgements, but wait until the Lord returns. He will both bring to light the secrets of darkness and will openly disclose the motives that have been in people's hearts; and then the praise which each man deserves will come to him from God. (WEY)
1 Corinthians 7:31 and those using this world, as not using 'it' up; for passing away is the fashion of this world. (See NAS RSV NIV)
1 Corinthians 12:7 But to every man some form of the Spirit's working is given for the common good. (BBE)
1 Corinthians 12:12 For, even as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of the one body, being many, are one body, so also 'is' the Christ, (See NIV)
1 Corinthians 12:13 For, in fact, in one Spirit all of us--whether we are Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free men--were baptized to form but one body; and we were all nourished by that one Spirit. (WEY BBE)
1 Corinthians 14:6 But, brethren, as things are, if I come to you speaking in 'tongues,' what benefit shall I confer on you, if the utterance is neither in the form of a revelation nor of additional knowledge nor of prophecy nor of teaching? (WEY)
1 Corinthians 15:2 By which you have salvation; that is to say, the form in which it was given to you, if it is fixed in your minds, and if your faith in it is not without effect. (BBE)
2 Corinthians 1:17 Did I display any vacillation or caprice in this? Or the purposes which I form--do I form them on worldly principles, now crying "Yes, yes," and now "No, no"? (WEY)
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (Root in KJV BBE DBY WBS YLT)
Ephesians 2:15 by setting aside the Law with its commandments, expressed, as they were, in definite decrees. His design was to unite the two sections of humanity in Himself so as to form one new man, (WEY DBY)
Ephesians 2:21 in union with whom the whole fabric, fitted and closely joined together, is growing so as to form a holy sanctuary in the Lord; (WEY)
Ephesians 3:6 I mean the truth that the Gentiles are joint heirs with us Jews, and that they form one body with us, and have the same interest as we have in the promise which has been made good in Christ Jesus through the Good News, (WEY)
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, outcry, and slander, be put away from you, with all malice. (See NIV)
Philippians 2:6 who, existing in the form of God, didn't consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Philippians 2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV)
Philippians 2:8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians (WEB BBE RSV)
Colossians 2:9 For in him all the wealth of God's being has a living form, (BBE NAS NIV)
Colossians 3:5 Therefore put to death your earthward inclinations--fornication, impurity, sensual passion, unholy desire, and all greed, for that is a form of idolatry. (WEY)
1 Thessalonians 2:16 for they still try to prevent our preaching to the Gentiles so that they may find salvation. They thus continually fill up the measure of their own sins, and God's anger in its severest form has overtaken them. (WEY)
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from every form of evil. (WEB WEY ASV BBE DBY NAS RSV)
2 Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. (KJV BBE WBS)
2 Timothy 3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof. Turn away from these, also. (WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Hebrews 10:1 For the law having a shadow of the coming good things -- not the very image of the matters, every year, by the same sacrifices that they offer continually, is never able to make perfect those coming near, (See NAS RSV)
James 1:11 For when the sun comes up with its burning heat, the grass gets dry and the grace of its form is gone with the falling flower; so the man of wealth comes to nothing in his ways. (BBE)
Genesis 1:2 Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. (Root in WEB KJV JPS BBE WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Genesis 29:17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and attractive. (WEB JPS BBE DBY YLT NAS NIV)
Genesis 39:6 And he gave Joseph control of all his property, keeping no account of anything, but only the food which was put before him. Now Joseph was very beautiful in form and face. (BBE DBY JPS YLT NAS)
Genesis 41:18 And behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fat-fleshed and of fine form, and they fed in the reed-grass. (DBY YLT)
Genesis 41:19 And behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor, and very ill-formed, and lean-fleshed such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness. (Root in DBY YLT)
Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make thyself any graven image, or any form of what is in the heavens above, or what is in the earth beneath, or what is in the waters under the earth: (DBY NIV)
Exodus 24:10 and they saw the God of Israel; and there was under his feet as it were work of transparent sapphire, and as it were the form of heaven for clearness. (DBY)
Exodus 26:24 The two are to be joined together at the base and at the top to one ring, forming the two angles. (Root in BBE NAS RSV)
Exodus 31:5 In cutting stones for framing, and to do every form of woodwork. (BBE)
Numbers 8:4 And this was the work of the candlestick: it was of beaten gold; from its base to its flowers was it beaten work; according to the form which Jehovah had shewn Moses, so had he made the candlestick. (DBY)
Numbers 12:8 With him I will speak mouth to mouth, even plainly, and not in riddles; and he shall see Yahweh's form. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant, against Moses?" (WEB ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Numbers 34:5 And the border shall form a circuit from Azmon to the river of Egypt, and the limits of it shall be at the sea. (WBS)
Deuteronomy 4:12 Yahweh spoke to you out of the midst of the fire: you heard the voice of words, but you saw no form; only you heard a voice. (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:15 Take therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that Yahweh spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire. (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:16 Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make yourself an engraved image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:17 a form of any beast which 'is' in the earth -- a form of any winged bird which flieth in the heavens -- (YLT)
Deuteronomy 4:18 a form of any creeping thing on the ground -- a form of any fish which 'is' in the waters under the earth; (YLT)
Deuteronomy 4:23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of Yahweh your God, which he made with you, and make you an engraved image in the form of anything which Yahweh your God has forbidden you. (WEB ASV DBY NAS RSV NIV)
Deuteronomy 4:25 When you shall father children, and children's children, and you shall have been long in the land, and shall corrupt yourselves, and make an engraved image in the form of anything, and shall do that which is evil in the sight of Yahweh your God, to provoke him to anger; (WEB JPS ASV DBY NAS RSV)
Deuteronomy 5:8 You may not make for yourselves an image in the form of anything in heaven or on earth or in the waters under the earth: (BBE DBY NIV)
Deuteronomy 21:11 and thou seest among the captives a woman of beautiful form, and hast a desire unto her, and takest her as thy wife; (DBY JPS YLT)
Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles have befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed; for I know their imagination which they are forming already this day, before I bring them into the land which I have sworn unto them. (Root in DBY WBS RSV)
Judges 8:18 Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king. (See JPS YLT)
Judges 13:6 Then the woman came in, and said to her husband, A man came to me, and his form was like the form of a god, causing great fear; I put no question to him about where he came from, and he did not give me his name; (BBE)
1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not take note of his face or how tall he is, because I will not have him: for the Lord's view is not man's; man takes note of the outer form, but the Lord sees the heart. (BBE)
1 Samuel 16:18 And one of the servants answereth and saith, 'Lo, I have seen a son of Jesse the Beth-Lehemite, skilful in playing, and a mighty virtuous man, and a man of battle, and intelligent in word, and a man of form, and Jehovah 'is' with him.' (YLT)
1 Samuel 25:3 Now the name of the man was Nabal; and the name of his wife Abigail; and the woman was of good understanding, and of a beautiful countenance: but the man was churlish and evil in his doings; and he was of the house of Caleb. (See JPS YLT)
1 Samuel 28:14 And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle. And Saul perceived that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself. (KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS)
2 Samuel 14:20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth. (KJV WBS)
2 Samuel 14:25 Now in all Israel there was no one so greatly to be praised for his beautiful form as Absalom: from his feet to the crown of his head he was completely beautiful. (BBE)
1 Kings 1:6 and his father hath not grieved him 'all' his days, saying, 'Wherefore thus hast thou done?' and he also 'is' of a very good form, and 'his mother' bare him after Absalom. (YLT)
1 Kings 6:16 And he built twenty cubits on the hinder part of the house with boards of cedar from the floor unto the joists; he even built them for himself within, for a Sanctuary, even for the most holy place. (See NIV)
1 Kings 6:18 And the cedar for the house within 'is' carvings of knobs and openings of flowers; the whole 'is' cedar, there is not a stone seen. (See RSV)
1 Kings 6:25 The other cherub was ten cubits: both the cherubim were of one measure and one form. (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV)
1 Kings 6:33 So also made he for the entrance of the temple door-posts of olive-wood, within a frame four-square; (See RSV)
1 Kings 7:35 In the top of the base was there a round compass half a cubit high; and on the top of the base its stays and its panels were of the same. (See NAS)
1 Kings 7:37 After this manner he made the ten bases: all of them had one casting, one measure, and one form. (WEB JPS ASV BBE DBY YLT NAS RSV)
2 Kings 16:10 And king Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria; and he saw the altar that was at Damascus, and king Ahaz sent to Urijah the priest the form of the altar, and the pattern of it, according to all its workmanship. (DBY)
2 Chronicles 4:7 And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left. (KJV WBS)
Esther 2:7 And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maiden was fair and beautiful; and when her father and mother were dead, Mordecai took her for his own daughter. (See JPS YLT NAS NIV)
Job 4:16 It stood still, but I couldn't discern its appearance. A form was before my eyes. Silence, then I heard a voice, saying, (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)
Job 28:27 Then he saw it, and put it on record; he gave it its fixed form, searching it out completely. (BBE)
Job 31:15 Didn't he who made me in the womb make him? Didn't one fashion us in the womb? (See NIV)