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amorphous

Syllabification: a·mor·phous
Pronunciation: /əˈmôrfəs
 
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Definition of amorphous in English:

adjective

1Without a clearly defined shape or form: amorphous blue forms and straight black lines
More example sentences
  • Stretched along the umbrella's base, a large, pale gray, amorphous shape could be a shadow, a sack or a lifeless body.
  • Elsewhere, amorphous biological shapes remind you of transplant organs on life-support machines, or the literal ‘test-tube’ babies.
  • Her third work, a video performance, depicts him performing as an old man, whittling an amorphous shape.
Synonyms
1.1Vague; ill-organized; unclassifiable: make explicit the amorphous statements
More example sentences
  • The idea that class is vague and amorphous, a shadow on the fog, is something you encounter only in newspaper series like this and in ninth-grade civics textbooks.
  • Never entirely blank, she represents something - a vague, amorphous wholesomeness that persists despite the stories of handcuffs in the luggage, the suspender-belted photos and the string of boyfriends.
  • I am all for agreement in a good cause - the process of Reconciliation for one, amorphous and vague though the project appears at times - but is the kind of national pride the Games brought about a good cause?
1.2(Of a group of people or an organization) lacking a clear structure or focus: an amorphous and leaderless legislature
More example sentences
  • While this gives much-needed structure to the seemingly amorphous mass that was the British empire, it does require some patience to keep aloft the various intellectual spheres juggled by the author.
  • Generally, when people describe systemic sexism, they refer to an amorphous, unspoken structure in the workplace and an old boys' club dominating the corporate world.
  • Some of my favorite albums in recent memory used exotic instruments, indecipherable lyrics, and amorphous structures to create a sublime aura of the unreal.
1.3 Mineralogy & Chemistry (Of a solid) noncrystalline; having neither definite form nor apparent structure.
Example sentences
  • Consequently, the formerly crystalline solid becomes amorphous.
  • If the solution is cooled quickly, the molecules are frozen where they are, forming a glass-like amorphous solid.
  • Silica exists in several crystalline forms, in a large number of colloidal forms, and as an amorphous solid.

Origin

mid 18th century: from modern Latin amorphus, from Greek amorphos 'shapeless' (from a- 'without' + morphē 'form') + -ous.

Derivatives

amorphously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • Since the counter-cultural 1960s, the amorphously named postmodern dance has gone through at least three distinct phases and now probably doesn't exist at all except in replay.
  • A few watercolour-drawings are definitely erotic, but they're amorphously erotic.
  • I think that the use of the word ‘pagan’ to amorphously and collectively describe the various pre-Christian beliefs and religions of Europe is really dubious, especially when it occurs in television documentaries like this.

amorphousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • I, unlike a lot of academics, am not bothered by the amorphousness and vagueness of spirituality.
  • In actual fact, what we have here are irremediably sick and futureless mass-men, whose ideal is amorphousness, whose ethos is formlessness and who hate nothing so much as discipline, form, definition.
  • However, the author argues that the informality and amorphousness of these networks makes it difficult to account for, and engage with, the formal (centralised and institutional) aspects of politics.

Words that rhyme with amorphous

anthropomorphous, polymorphous

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