[fawr-muh l] /ˈfɔr məl/
being in accordance with the usual requirements, customs, etc.; conventional:
to pay one’s formal respects.
marked by form or ceremony:
a formal occasion.
designed for wear or use at occasions or events marked by elaborate ceremony or prescribed social observance:
The formal attire included tuxedos and full-length gowns.
requiring a type of dress suitable for such occasions:
a formal dance.
observant of conventional requirements of behavior, procedure, etc., as persons; ceremonious.
a manner that was formal and austere.
being a matter of form only; perfunctory:
We expected more than just formal courtesy.
made or done in accordance with procedures that ensure validity:
a formal authorization.
of, relating to, or emphasizing the organization or composition of the constituent elements in a work of art perceived separately from its subject matter:
a formal approach to painting; the formal structure of a poem.
being in accordance with prescribed or customary forms:
a formal siege.
Theater. (of a stage setting) generalized and simplified in design, especially of architectural elements, and serving as a permanent set for a play irrespective of changes in location.
acquired in school; academic:
He had little formal training in economics.
symmetrical or highly organized:
a formal garden.
of, reflecting, or noting a usage of language in which syntax, pronunciation, etc., adhere to traditional standards of correctness and usage is characterized by the absence of casual, contracted, and colloquial forms:
The paper was written in formal English.
pertaining to the form, shape, or mode of a thing, especially as distinguished from the substance:
formal writing, bereft of all personality.
being such merely in appearance or name; nominal:
a formal head of the government having no actual powers.
a dance, ball, or other social occasion that requires .
an evening gown.
in formal attire:
We’re supposed to go formal.
of, according to, or following established or prescribed forms, conventions, etc: a formal document
characterized by observation of conventional forms of ceremony, behaviour, dress, etc: a formal dinner
methodical, precise, or stiff
suitable for occasions organized according to conventional ceremony: formal dress
denoting or characterized by idiom, vocabulary, etc, used by educated speakers and writers of a language
acquired by study in academic institutions: a formal education
regular or symmetrical in form: a formal garden
of or relating to the appearance, form, etc, of something as distinguished from its substance
logically deductive: formal proof
denoting a second-person pronoun in some languages used when the addressee is a stranger, social superior, etc: in French the pronoun “vous” is formal, while “tu” is informal
another name for methylal
late 14c., from Old French formel (13c.) and directly from Latin formalis, from forma (see form (n.)). As a noun, c.1600 (plural) “things that are formal;” as a short way to say formal dance, recorded by 1906, U.S. college students.
[fawr-stuh-rahyt] /ˈfɔr stəˌraɪt/ noun, Mineralogy. 1. the magnesium end member, Mg 2 SiO 4 , of the olivine group. /ˈfɔːstəˌraɪt/ noun 1. a white, yellow, or green mineral of the olivine group consisting of magnesium silicate. Formula: Mg2SiO4 forsterite (fôr’stə-rīt’) See under olivine.
[fawrst-ner] /ˈfɔrst nər/ noun, Carpentry. 1. a bit for drilling blind holes, guided from the rim rather than from the center to permit it to enter the wood at an oblique angle.
[fawr-swair] /fɔrˈswɛər/ verb (used with object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under oath. 3. to perjure (oneself). verb (used without object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing. 4. to swear falsely; commit perjury. /fɔːˈswɛə/ verb -swears, -swearing, -swore, -sworn 1. (transitive) to reject […]
[fawr-swawrn, -swohrn] /fɔrˈswɔrn, -ˈswoʊrn/ verb 1. past participle of . adjective 2. . [fawr-swair] /fɔrˈswɛər/ verb (used with object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing. 1. to reject or renounce under oath: to forswear an injurious habit. 2. to deny vehemently or under oath. 3. to perjure (oneself). verb (used without object), forswore, forsworn, forswearing. 4. to swear […]