form-, -form, forma-, format-

(Latin: shape, structure, figure, outer appearance, composition, to compose; visual appearance; spacial arrangement; to develop or to acquire; to produce)

spiculiform (s) (noun), spiculiforms (pl)
That which is shaped into a point
spiniform (adjective); more spiniform, most spiniform
Resembling or shaped like a spine: Tom went to the barber shop and came out with a new spiniform style with the top part combed up high into a thorn shaped ridge!
Having the form of a stalactite.
1. Composed of layers, or with a layered appearance or arrangement.
2. Forming or formed as a layer.
3. Like or having the form of a stratus cloud.
4. In meteorology, of a cloud, having a predominantly horizontal development; the opposite of cumuliform.
In meteorology, a cloud species characterized by an extensive horizontal layer or series of layers, either continuous or noncontinuous; the most common form for the altocumulus and stratocumulus genera, and occasionally found in cirrocumlus.
A collector of owl forms or figures.
1. Bull like or similarity to a bull.
2. Shaped like a bull, or the head or horns, of a bull.
tentaculiform (adjective), more tentaculiform, most tentaculiform
Having the form or appearance of long, thin arm-like body parts of certain sea creatures: The zoologist, Mr. Carter, specialized in finding and identifying as many nentaculiform shapes and structures of animals as he and his colleagues could locate.
terraform (verb), terraforms; terraformed; terraforming
To transform a landscape on another planet into one having the characteristics of landscapes on Earth: In the science fiction book that Jake was reading, the creatures were terraforming their land to make it look like that of the Earth.

The strange organisms were terraforming the environment of their celestial planet in order to make it capable of supporting earth-life forms.

The organisms wanted to terraform its surface and atmosphere so that life as it exists on Earth would be feasible.

terraformer (s) (noun), terraformers (pl)
Someone or a machine that has the capability of changing the atmosphere of a planet, other than the Earth, into having the traits of the Earth: There have been some terraformers that have advocates the terraformation of another planet, like Mars.
terraforming (s) (noun) (no po)
1. The deliberate process of modifying a planet, moon or other body, to a more earth-like habitable atmosphere, temperature, and ecology: Mr. Timmons, Mary'S teacher, asked his students if they could imagine that terraforming could really be a realistic thing in the future.
2. Used very broadly as a synonym for "planetary engineering" in general: Since space exploration is in its infancy, a good deal of terraforming remains very speculative and serves to stimulate the imaginations of science-fiction writers.
terraformist (s) (noun), terraformists (pl)
Someone who believes in the practice of terraforming: Simon, a terraformist, was convinced of the idea of modifying the habitat of another planet to make it similar to the Earth, and therefore suitable for people to live there!
A category of processing methods that use vacuum, air pressure, or mechanical energy to force a heated thermoplastic sheet into the shape of a mold; after cooling, the plastic part is removed from the mold and trimmed; used for boats, and components ranging from blister or bubble packaging to fender liners on automobiles.

Inter-related cross references, directly or indirectly, involving word units dealing with "form, shape, appearance": eido-; figur-; icono-; ideo-; imag-; morpho-; -oid; typo-.