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Definition of Formal
formalMethylal Meth"yl*al, n. [Methylene + alcohol.] (Chem.)
A light, volatile liquid, H2C(OCH3)2, regarded as a complex
ether, and having a pleasant ethereal odor. It is obtained by
the partial oxidation of methyl alcohol. Called also
formal. FormalFormal For"mal (f[^o]r"mal), n. [L. formic + alcohol.] (Chem.)
See Methylal. FormalFormal Form"al (f[^o]rm"al), a. [L. formalis: cf. F. formel.]
1. Belonging to the form, shape, frame, external appearance,
or organization of a thing.
2. Belonging to the constitution of a thing, as distinguished
from the matter composing it; having the power of making a
thing what it is; constituent; essential; pertaining to or
depending on the forms, so called, of the human intellect.
Of [the sounds represented by] letters, the material
part is breath and voice; the formal is constituted
by the motion and figure of the organs of speech.
3. Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular
method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; as,
he gave his formal consent.
His obscure funeral . . . No noble rite nor formal
4. Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules;
punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed
form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; as, a man formal in
his dress, his gait, his conversation.
A cold-looking, formal garden, cut into angles and
rhomboids. --W. Irwing.
She took off the formal cap that confined her hair.
5. Having the form or appearance without the substance or
essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal
6. Dependent in form; conventional.
Still in constraint your suffering sex remains, Or
bound in formal or in real chains. --Pope.
7. Sound; normal. [Obs.]
To make of him a formal man again. --Shak.
Formal cause. See under Cause.
Syn: Precise; punctilious; stiff; starched; affected; ritual;
ceremonial; external; outward.
Usage: Formal, Ceremonious. When applied to things, these
words usually denote a mere accordance with the rules
of form or ceremony; as, to make a formal call; to
take a ceremonious leave. When applied to a person or
his manners, they are used in a bad sense; a person
being called formal who shapes himself too much by
some pattern or set form, and ceremonious when he lays
too much stress on the conventional laws of social
intercourse. Formal manners render a man stiff or
ridiculous; a ceremonious carriage puts a stop to the
ease and freedom of social intercourse.
Meaning of Formal from wikipedia
Gr****). They may refer
for formal events
for semi-formal events Informal
attire, more controlled...
- Formal learning
is education normally delivered
by trained teachers
in a systematic intentional
a school, higher education
or university. It...
- In logic, mathematics, computer
science, and linguistics, a formal language consists
of words whose letters
from an alphabet
and are well-formed...
- In philosophy, a formal
fallacy, logical fallacy
or non sequitur
(Latin for "it does not follow") is a pattern
- Formal semantics
to: Formal semantics
(natural language), the study
in natural languages
from a formal perspective Formal
- Formal science
is a branch
of science studying formal language disciplines concerned
systems, such as logic, mathematics, statistics, theoretical...
wear, formal attire
or full dress
is the traditional Western dress
code category applicable
for the most formal
occasions, such as weddings, christenings...
- Winter formal
, also called
Ball, Sweethearts, Christmas
Ball, Snow Ball, Queen
Dance, or simply Formal
, is a dance
- A formal system
is an abstract structure
used for inferring theorems
from axioms according
to a set of rules. These
are used for carrying...
science, specifically software engineering
engineering, formal methods
are a particular
kind of mathematically rigorous techniques
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