Meaning of amorphous in English:


Pronunciation /əˈmɔːfəs/

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  • 1Without a clearly defined shape or form.

    ‘an amorphous, characterless conurbation’
    • ‘amorphous blue forms and straight black lines’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After the amorphous shape was noted and identified by the faithful as an image of Mary, that particular sprinkler head - and only that one - was closed off so that no one could suggest the mundane reasons for the stain.’
    • ‘The cryptic little icons surrounding the figure include clusters of rather phallic winged hearts, a hand that reaches into the picture from beyond the frame and an amorphous red shape emblazoned with a white cross.’
    • ‘It gradually changed color to a dull, dark hue and then finally into a less formed white, amorphous shape, before disappearing altogether.’
    • ‘Here an organized coil of thick nickel cable is able to stand on its side, while loose lengths of thinner wire assume increasingly amorphous shapes.’
    • ‘When such is the case, the beam projected will be highly diffused and of amorphous shape, indicating that it's being bounced off the side of the bore.’
    • ‘Within the transparency, amorphous shapes glowed a pinkish grey, punctuated with darker, circular masses.’
    • ‘Sometimes, that's the only way to get an amorphous blob into shape.’
    • ‘Indeed her mysterious motifs and amorphous shapes are grounded in the physical - the human presence in many of her works is at times overwhelming.’
    • ‘At first they were just amorphous multicolored shapes that would vanish spontaneously when confronted.’
    • ‘Several drawings depict forms that have the amorphous shapes of sea life such as hydras and jellyfish.’
    • ‘Where the paint takes over, it creates amorphous shapes that remain on the surface of the canvas.’
    • ‘I just sat and watched amorphous shapes going past through the warped glass.’
    • ‘Apart from these clearly definable shapes, the orbicular elements were generally amorphous.’
    • ‘This repeated approach gets messed up with the layering of gestural elements and, surprisingly, areas that looks like they could be a tiny skyscapes or a shadow of the amorphous forms floating over the black backgrounds.’
    • ‘Not only is it totally misshapen for meat, pretty much an amorphous blob, taking on a slight tear-drop shape, but it's also connected up to an array of tubes, each slowly pumping various fluids into it.’
    • ‘They were amorphous blobs of darkness that shifted between three shapes.’
    • ‘The room was darkly lit and the amorphous silhouettes littered about in the shadows made it claustrophobic.’
    shapeless, formless, unformed, unshaped, structureless, unstructured, indeterminate, indefinite, vague, nebulous
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    1. 1.1Lacking a clear structure or focus.
      ‘an amorphous and leaderless legislature’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The National Theatre of Scotland is a scheme without precedent, an organisation that will be neither a building nor a company but an amorphous commissioning body.’
      • ‘International law is one of the most amorphous bodies of law out there.’
      • ‘In fact, the organizers, an amorphous collection of individuals, groups and organizations, had hoped that possibly 30,000 would participate.’
      • ‘With this powerful knowledge, we now look at consumers as individuals, not huge amorphous groups of potential buyers.’
      • ‘They were not individuals, but an amorphous mass, a group of so-called queue jumpers.’
      • ‘It is undoubtedly a daring attempt to generate a real sense of urbanity and human focus in the spiritual desert of the amorphous North American suburb.’
      • ‘Ponds, however, have an amorphous structure, whereas neural networks have a discrete structure based on prior learning.’
      • ‘This chapter rejects this approach and focuses on the cultural and commercial exchanges between an amorphous Europe and the societies to its east.’
      • ‘The sociology of music remains a somewhat amorphous subdiscipline, with no very clear lines of demarcation between sociology, social anthropology, and ethnomusicology.’
      • ‘I have never known a country so amorphous and yet so self contained, so individual.’
      • ‘Therefore, he repeatedly undercuts his real basis of power precisely by figuring as the leader of an amorphous mass.’
      • ‘If they want to get their message across, antiglobalization forces must unite and search for leaders currently lost in the sea of a violent, amorphous mob.’
      • ‘Attempting to answer it by using saber-rattling to attack an amorphous axis of enemies is a great failure of leadership.’
      • ‘And we take them as individuals, not as an amorphous mass.’
      • ‘This predictably led to a discussion of that vague, amorphous entity called the audience.’
      • ‘The war effort was built upon volunteer companies and the amorphous state militias behind them.’
      • ‘Feature films are not just testimonials - they need a shape - and this film is conspicuously amorphous.’
    2. 1.2Mineralogy Chemistry (of a solid) not crystalline, or not apparently crystalline.
      ‘an amorphous polymer’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It exists in three allotropic forms: a silvery white metal; a yellow, crystalline solid; and an amorphous black powder.’
      • ‘The majority of the head is infilled with an amorphous mineral deposit, obscuring the rest of the internal and ventral structures.’


Mid 18th century from modern Latin amorphus, from Greek amorphos ‘shapeless’ (from a- ‘without’ + morphē ‘form’) + -ous.