n. a printed document with clearly defined areas left blank that are to be completed later the materials and structure of an item; format1 the overall appearance, configuration, or shape, independent of its intellectual content; a document type a model1 or pattern; something that gives shape; a mold2, 3 a style or convention for expressing ideas in a literary work or document; documentary form, including extrinsic and intrinsic elements type, spacers, and other materials assembled in a chase for printing


Form2 is synonymous with format1, although this equivalence is a fairly recent shift in the language. Form is often used to distinguish between versions of an item in different media; for example, a document may be described as being in its original form, a microform, or a duplicate form.