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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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The 1970 rope piece is exemplary of Krauss's concept of the "body without organs" in its amorphousness and lack of center.
On the other hand, the voice's very amorphousness, combined with the fact that it issues from Athena, suggests that it could also represent her wisdom about the arts and sciences (Hawthorne 18).
Figure 4 describes the properties of mud in term of its amorphousness.
It is thus the case that, for Truffaut as for Malle before him (not to mention Jacques Demy, who cast a platinum blonde Moreau as a gambling addict in La bale des anges/Bay of Angels 1963), Moreau represents the challenge rather than the promise of sexuality, its amorphousness and potential instability as opposed to its open availability.
Of course it is all these things, but, despite (or because of) the amorphousness of the shapes it takes on here, it is cast both as prime analytical tool and the shifting ground to be analysed.
This faintly luminous shape that catches and reflects the light in its surroundings is really the amorphousness around the hole in the Real that the officer, along with the narrator and the reader, uses to give meaningful shape to whatever is phenomenally present in the room.
Stuart Curran points out the amorphousness of "song," and leaves it, as a category, out of his study on romanticism and form; yet in a later chapter he links up ballads and songs in terms of their shared "vernacular" qualities: Poetic Form and British Romanticism (New York: Oxford Univ.
Many scientists question whether bioresearch can ever be effectively regulated and controlled given its broadness, complexity, and amorphousness.
We are, in a sense, caught in the eerily unpleasant amorphousness that often accompanies difficult real-life situations.
Students who were operating primarily from the interpersonal order of consciousness were overchallenged by the amorphousness of Maxine's classes; students who were operating primarily from the institutional balance or the transition between the two balances had probably been underchallenged by the traditional teaching strategies offered in most of their other courses.
It is precisely the polymorphousness and the amorphousness of subjectivity and of the mind that allows Coleman to create himself in the image of the college professor, to re-make himself aesthetically, so to speak.
But Mehta found shape in its seeming amorphousness, and his leadership over the immense and sometimes at-odds forces was remarkable.