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amorphous

(of chemicals, rocks, etc.) not having a crystalline structure

Amorphous

Those forms that do not have a definite or specific shape; or a distinctive crystalline, geometric, angular or curvilinear structure.

amorphous

[ə′mȯr·fəs]
(physics)
Pertaining to a solid which is noncrystalline, having neither definite form nor structure.

amorphous

Said of rock having no crystal structure.

amorphous

Unorganized or vague. A lack of structure. For example, the amorphous state of a bit on a rewritable optical disc means that the light from a laser beam will scatter and not be as reflective as a highly structured crystalline bit. Contrast with crystalline. See amorphous silicon, amorphous semiconductor, phase change disc and phase change memory.
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As Lin Foxhall has pointed out, in domestic environments "the aggregate of quotidian behaviours and activities can be most dramatically misinterpreted if their remains are read amorphously as a long-term trend.
For her the family was the first community, but "the idea of female communities seems to have been more amorphously glorious" and led to more open, real-world political gatherings.
Rage Against the Machine's specifically radical, specifically racial social message is transformed into Manson's amorphously rebellious, largely apolitical statement about the media and shock-rock.
Since the past is important, and because historical constructions inform us about the past, albeit amorphously, history's importance remains absent the esteem as the sole decisive factor in legal decisions.
As was the case with the amorphously political ethos of Love Parade, the commercial success of all-male West Coast US punk bands in the 1990s was directly proportional to the lack of meaningful political discourse espoused by the artists, both in their music and otherwise.
And far from producing precise votes on precise subjects, the questions referendums contain are so often amorphously phrased they make party manifestos appear models of clarity.
Financial institutions cannot amorphously coordinate themselves toward any overarching environmental policy goals, such as reducing a given pollutant by a desired amount or conserving a given level of an environmental resource.
For consumers raised on tastes like fruit punch, there is a quality in Sprite Remix that is amorphously familiar: "I think I know it, but not really.
The claim ignores the ability of discriminatory practice to amorphously endure policy changes.
21) Amorphously localized in reading, this otherness can be figured as the supplemental or shadow self: the hero of identification in Rilke and Baumeister alike, even marginally in Vuillard.
In being cellular and amorphously drawn across societies, groups such as Al-Qaeda can only work in deterrence theory if they know they can be found and duly attacked.
This curiously disjointed collection of meanings leaves us with a small mystery: Why is it that the Targums, Vulgate, and Pesitta show an interpretation, "let grow long," nearly the reverse of those found in the Septuagint and Codex Ambrosianus ("strip" and "cut, trim"), with Symmachus and the Ambrosian marginal reading occupying an amorphously literalistic middle ground ("send")?