(formґklas″) an artificial taxonomic category comparable to a class, to which organisms are provisionally assigned, as are imperfect fungi until their perfect (sexual) stages are identified. Form-classes are subdivided into form-orders, form-families, and so on.

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  • form class — ☆ form class n. Linguis. a class made up of words that occur in a distinctive position in constructions and have certain formal features in common, as the form class noun in English, made up of all words to which both the plural and possessive… …   English World dictionary

  • form class — form′ class n. gram. a class of words or other forms in a language having one or more grammatical features in common, as all plural nouns …   From formal English to slang

  • form class — noun one of the traditional categories of words intended to reflect their functions in a grammatical context • Syn: ↑part of speech, ↑word class • Hypernyms: ↑grammatical category, ↑syntactic category • Hyponyms: ↑major form class …   Useful english dictionary

  • form class — noun A collection of organisms that is given formal recognition at the rank of class with a taxonomic name, but which is known to be an artificial group rather than a natural one. All fungi for which sexual reproduction is unknown are assigned to …   Wiktionary

  • form class — noun Date: 1921 a class of linguistic forms that can be used in the same position in a construction and that have one or more morphological or syntactical features in common …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • form class — Gram. a class of words or forms in a given language that have one or more grammatical features in common, as, in Latin, all masculine nouns in the nominative singular, all masculine singular nouns, all masculine nouns, or all nouns. [1920 25] * * …   Universalium

  • form class — /ˈfɔm klas/ (say fawm klahs) noun Linguistics a class of words or forms in a language with one or more grammatical features in common, as (in Latin) all masculine nouns in the nominative singular, or all masculine singular nouns, or all masculine …  

  • form class — noun Linguistics a part of speech or subset of a part of speech …   English new terms dictionary

  • Girard form class — is a form quotient calculated as the ratio of diameter inside bark at the top of the first 16 foot log to the diameter outside bark at breast height (DBH). Girard form class is the primary expression of tree form in the United States.To allow for …   Wikipedia

  • major form class — n. (Grammar) Any of the {parts of speech} of traditional grammar. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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