[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.
[fawr-mal] /ˈfɔr mæl/
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.
1. FORmula MAnipulation Language.
An early Fortran extension for symbolic mathematics.
[“FORMAL, A Formula Manipulation Language”, C.K. Mesztenyi, Computer Note CN-1, CS Dept, U Maryland (Jan 1971)].
2. A data manipulation language for nonprogrammers from IBM LASC.
[“FORMAL: A Forms-Oriented and Visual-Directed Application System”, N.C. Shu, IEEE Computer 18(8):38-49 (1985)].
- Formal argument
programming (Or “parameter”) A name in a function or subroutine definition that is replaced by, or bound to, the corresponding actual argument when the function or subroutine is called. In many languages formal arguments behave like local variables which get initialised on entry. See: argument. (2002-07-02)
[fawr-muh l] /ˈfɔr məl/ noun, Aristotelianism. 1. See under (def 8b). [kawz] /kɔz/ noun 1. a person or thing that acts, happens, or exists in such a way that some specific thing happens as a result; the producer of an effect: You have been the cause of much anxiety. What was the cause of the […]
- Formal description technique
specification, protocol (FDT) A formal method for developing telecomunications services and protocols. FDTs range from abstract to implementation-oriented descriptions. All FDTs offer the means for producing unambiguous descriptions of OSI services and protocols in a more precise and comprehensive way than natural language descriptions. They provide a foundation for analysis and verification of a description. […]
[fawr-mal-duh-hahyd, fer-] /fɔrˈmæl dəˌhaɪd, fər-/ noun, Chemistry. 1. a colorless, toxic, potentially carcinogenic, water-soluble gas, CH 2 O, having a suffocating odor, usually derived from methyl alcohol by oxidation: used chiefly in aqueous solution, as a disinfectant and preservative, and in the manufacture of various resins and plastics. /fɔːˈmældɪˌhaɪd/ noun 1. a colourless poisonous irritating […]