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Formal Definition of the Term "Form"


MathGroup:

In methodically reviewing everything I've read in the Mathematica
Book, I realized an important undefined term first makes its
appearance in "1.4.7 Picking Out Pieces of Algebraic Expressions". 
Definitions are there for Coefficient[expr,form] and
Exponent[expr,form].  The term "expr" has been previously discussed,
but the term "form" starts to be used at this point without any prior
definition I can find.

Does Mathematica have a formal definition for "form"?  Where may I
find it?

Thanks.
Harold


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