Form

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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, the answer to "how?". When then considering the idea of global form, the sense of form reaches the one of Gestalt, as in Gestalt psychology.

Form may also refer to the following:

Mathematics[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Computing[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • Substantial form, asserts that ideas organize matter and make it intelligible
  • 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[edit]

  • 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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