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English Dictionary: Formal by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
formal
adj
  1. being in accord with established forms and conventions and requirements (as e.g. of formal dress); "pay one's formal respects"; "formal dress"; "a formal ball"; "the requirement was only formal and often ignored"; "a formal education"
    Antonym(s): informal
  2. characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"
  3. (of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms; "the paper was written in formal English"
    Antonym(s): informal
  4. represented in simplified or symbolic form
    Synonym(s): conventional, formal, schematic
  5. logically deductive; "formal proof"
  6. refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"
    Synonym(s): courtly, formal, stately
n
  1. a lavish dance requiring formal attire [syn: ball, formal]
  2. a gown for evening wear
    Synonym(s): dinner dress, dinner gown, formal, evening gown
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Methylal \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}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Formal \For"mal\ (f[ocir]r"m[ait]l), n. [L. formic + alcohol.]
      (Chem.)
      See {Methylal}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Formal \Form"al\ (f[ocir]rm"[ait]l), 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.
                                                                              --Holder.
  
      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
                     ostentation.                                       --Shak.
  
      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.
                                                                              --Hawthorne.
  
      5. Having the form or appearance without the substance or
            essence; external; as, formal duty; formal worship; formal
            courtesy, etc.
  
      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.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
   FORMAL
  
      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)].
  
      (1994-12-06)
  
  
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