form function

form function

[′fȯrm ‚fəŋk·shən]
(ordnance)
The mathematical expression for the relationship between the fraction of the propellant burned and the distance that each burning surface has regressed.
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form function

(jargon)
The shape of something designed. This term is currently (Feb 1998) in vogue among marketroids.
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These size variables were then used to calculate several shape indices, including circularity, rectangularly, ellipticity, aspect ratio, and form function. Each of these variables is a common shape index used routinely in otolith morphometric investigations (Table 1; Russ, 1990).
At the within-basin level, form function in the Gulf of Mexico was the only shape index that showed significant differences between states; no differences in shape indices were detected among Atlantic states.
As about the possibilities in the product spaces, due to Schur's Theorem, we would like to recall that for any two positive definite quadratic form functions [K.sub.1](p, q) and [K.sub.2](p, q) on E x E, the usual product K(p, q) = [K.sub.1](p, q)[K.sub.2](p, q) is again a positive definite quadratic form function on E.
If [K.sub.1](p, q) and [K.sub.2](p, q) are two positive definite quadratic form functions on E, then the sum [K.sub.S](p, q) = [K.sub.1](p, q) + [K.sub.2](p, q) is also a positive definite quadratic form function on E.
Designed to work with small form function connectors, these cables offer higher fiber strand counts in smaller diameter cables.
As O'Toole tells it, none of these software features comes in as handy as the Form function of the tablet itself.
The product comprises various tools with reading, comprehension, phonics, vocabulary, writing, and letter form functions, which are both fun and educational.
New form functions with 'conditional areas' open up exciting new options in the definition of project reports.
The H-3 form functions as an "exception" to the foregoing analysis because it may be provided "for loans secured by one to four units of residential real property," according to IDS.
Contending that form functions similarly to "the materiel of social life" (31) and so breaking down the distinction between the two categories, Bruster argues convincingly for renewed interest in form.
The treatment of this construction (NP and an -ing form) as two different constituents implies that the -ing form functions as a participle, that is the NP is the direct object of the main verb and the -ing form is an adjunct depictive of the NP; whereas the interpretation of this construction as a single unit would involve an -ing functioning as a gerund, the construction "NP+ -ing" as a unit functions as direct object of the main verb.
As a result, English has two possibilities: NP is considered the sole argument ("John"), and the -ing form functions as an adjunct (in this case, the "dancing" would be attributed to the subject, that is, "I"); and secondly, the "NP + -ing form" functions as a constituent ("John dancing"), as an internal argument of the matrix verb and, consequently, we can claim that the -ing form has an "eventive" reading.