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noun formation pronunciation in British English /fɔː(r)ˈmeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the process during which something develops or is created
    the formation of stones in the kidneys
    factors that affect the formation of children’s personalities
  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] the way in which a moving group of people or things is organized into a particular shape or pattern
    Leeds played an attacking 4–3–3 formation.
    The soldiers broke into a run, keeping formation.
    in formation (=in a fixed pattern): planes flying in formation
    1. a.
      [countable] the particular shape of something
      rock/cloud formations


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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