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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

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(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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Moreland's argument that ambiguity does not mean amorphousness reveals the limit of Wilhelm's use of hermaphroditism as a metaphor.
Artistically, this play reinforced and elaborated the major postcolonial innovation in South African theater constituted by Sizwe Banzi Is Dead, adding the hermeneutic complexity of two hundred years of Antigone interpretations to the originality of the latter play's invention of a 'poor' theater aesthetic expressive of an authentic South African milieu." So transcultural poetics has an amorphousness about it that is also about a dynamicity and aversion to coerce frameworks of reading into hierarchical value systems.
Theories which find a way to make particular fragment poems "complete," in other words, presume a particular definition of poetry, and the amorphousness of the fragment allows each critic to put what are essentially matters of taste into formal terms.
Interestingly, this fifth issue of African Nebula also radiates that sense of amorphousness that is vintage nebula mainly because it reflects intellectual diversity at its best and showcases the varied human systems of thoughts and theories of knowledge.
He portrays this amorphousness as a unique perspective that allowed cosmopolitan Germany to jump ahead of other nations in the nineteenth century.
My attempt was to reestablish the unity of Erie, but without the pre-Ely amorphousness.
There is little about the study of social memory that has not been forcefully questioned in the past twenty years--from its amorphousness as a field to its ethics and, inevitably, to the notion of 'collective memory' itself'.
Short hair and the slightly androgynous style of dress pioneered by Coco Chanel was, Hartner-Hnizdo argued, part of an absurd and unnatural attempt to make women more like men, which was bound to lead to a perverse amorphousness. It was also an expression of an individualism that was encouraged by Jews in order to destroy non-Jewish ethnicity, while Jews knew full well that their strength lay in their sticking together.
amorphousness being 19.3 and 64.0 for metakaoline I and II, respectively, see Table 2) are very different.
My complaint against this chapter is not only its conceptual amorphousness (e.g., on p.
Shying away from the modern novel's "amorphousness and unrepresentability"(22) as well as from the contemporary political struggles, an audience eager for a redemptive idealism craves exemplary stories about virtuous, and deceased, individuals.
Each poem is a little song, part of the fizz of centuries effervescing; for a love poem to goo, I could not help but find in an old wineskin, the sonnet (in Italian, sonnetto is "little song"), a temporary container for its fugitive amorphousness. My hope is that, in the hardened shell of the sonnet, oil is not made into a liquid praline, nor is the sonnet reduced to a barrel.