• WordNet 3.6
    • v formalize declare or make legally valid
    • v formalize make formal or official "We formalized the appointment and gave him a title"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first formal rules for playing the sport of baseball required the winning team to score 21 runs
    • v. i Formalize To affect formality.
    • Formalize To give form, or a certain form, to; to model.
    • Formalize To render formal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In July 1981, a tortoise was sentenced to death for murder. Tribal elders in Kyuasini, a village in Kenya, formally condemned the tortoise because they suspected it of causing the death of six people, apparently through magic. However, because none of the villagers was prepared to risk the tortoise's wrath by carrying out the execution, it was instead chained to a tree. The tortoise was later freed after the government promised an official inquiry into the deaths.
    • formalize To reduce to form; give a certain form to; model.
    • formalize To render formal.
    • formalize To affect formality; become formal.
    • formalize To use forms, as of statement.
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  • Blaise Pascal
    “It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.”
  • Ray Kroc
    Ray Kroc
    “While formal schooling is an important advantage, it is not a guarantee of success nor is its absence a fatal handicap.”
  • Paul E. Gray
    Paul E. Gray
    “The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.”
  • Jim Rohn
    “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”
  • David Grayson
    David Grayson
    “Friendship is neither a formality nor a mode: it is rather a life.”
  • Mark Twain
    “Never let formal education get in the way of your learning.”


In literature:

There was no hostility in this action; nothing but formality.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
It grows out of formal references in social rites and customs, informal allusions in conversation, and direct statements and instruction.
"Religious Education in the Family" by Henry F. Cope
The least formal, of formal invitations, is when a lady sends or leaves her own visiting card with the invitation upon it.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
Everything about the place was formal and dignified.
"Honey-Sweet" by Edna Turpin
Formal Consistency and Material Truth 159 Sec.2.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
While thus designing his way he exchanged formal salutation with his antagonist.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
Mr. Gusher bowed in return, and received the hand formally.
"The Von Toodleburgs" by F. Colburn Adams
The dinner was neither long nor formal.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He shook hands formally and marched away.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
The Colonel as a man was freezingly formal with the Lieutenant.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Bacon's method is formally philosophic in texture.
"Shakespeare and the Modern Stage" by Sir Sidney Lee
If this is right, please let me have a formal receipt and quittance.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
He read it over and it seemed foolishly cold and formal.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
It is not formally conceded on the one side, nor is it formally demanded on the other side.
"Expositor's Bible: Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther" by Walter Adeney
The Christian Church has expressly claimed this infallibility for its formal dogmatic teaching.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5" by Various
He is untainted by the ungenial formality of our German professors.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
When the siege was formally opened, these overtures were followed by a succour of armed men.
"The Thirty Years' War" by Samuel Rawson Gardiner
There is another cabinet where the president must sit, which is formal and recognized; it is the board of directors.
"The Modern Railroad" by Edward Hungerford
Great formality required even more than the three names.
"The Private Life of the Romans" by Harold Whetstone Johnston
The only consideration which prevents easy and immediate acceptance of this view is the notion of thinking as something purely formal.
"Essays in Experimental Logic" by John Dewey

In poetry:

I recollected a great room. The day,
Half dead, lit faintly on the walls the pale
And sudden eyes that showed the formal play
Of woven actors in some curious tale.
"The Ivory Piece" by Aubrey Vincent Beardsley
Why should such labour'd strains
Your formal Muse engage?
I never dreamt of flame or dart,
That fired my breast or pierced my heart,
But sigh'd, "O sweet Anne Page!"
"Slender's Ghost" by William Shenstone
                    the thin coast
(of grey Norway is it, or of Russia?)
distinguished only as a formal change
in the pattern of clouds on our port side
"Evening: Barents Sea" by Ben Jonson
She guides the foot that treads on Parian floors;
She wins the ear when formal pleas are vain;
She tempts Patricians from the fatal doors
Of Vice's brothel, forth to Virtue's fane.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone
Are we grown old and past the time of singing?
Is ardor quenched in art
Till art is but a formal figure, bringing
A money-measured heart,
Procrustean cut, and, with old echoes, ringing
Its bells about the mart?
"Protest" by John Charles McNeill
Forced compliments, and formal bows,
Will show thee just above neglect; The heat with which thy lover glows,
Will settle into cold respect:
A talking dull Platonic I shall turn;
Learn to be civil, when I cease to burn.
"An Ode : While Blooming Youth And Gay Delight" by Matthew Prior

In news:

OAK RIDGE — Amid much fanfare and a nod to the area's history, a grant to redesign the city's historic Jackson Square was formally announced Friday by Gov Bill Haslam.
The Board of Education formally returned their former headquarters at 49 Beecher Street to the town after a unanimous vote during its last meeting.
CFIA also doing formal sanitation review.
As an ongoing probe of the Pontiac School District's finances continues, federal investigators have seized a 2002 Jaguar and more than $34,000 cash belonging to a formal school official.
Novinger gets formal top others for bettering itself.
One northeast Missouri city was formally awarded for their big accomplishments Tuesday evening.
In March, the Dove soap company will formally introduce virtual skin care assistant 'Katie,' who will tell you which facial wash is best for oily skin.
Unless you have formal training in punching things, an arcade boxing machine is not something you should try out in front of other people, as the chance of embarrassment is quite high.
Sony formally unveiled Tuesday a pair of FullHD 1080p Handycam camcorders with up to 12-megapixel still image capability.
It's a trend that started right here in the Ark-La-Tex, camouflage formal wear.
Do you have suggestions as to where someone could find a nice formal dress or evening gown in the Capital District.
The Vatican had no formal reaction to the American bishops' proposals for dealing with sexual abuse by clergy members, saying the text presented on Tuesday was a working draft.
Restoration gives new life to New Formalism icon.
New business challenges port fortitude for formalities .
Preseason finale just a formality to Spurs.

In science:

The LCO formalism In order to calculate the effective action, we shall follow the local composite operator (LCO) formalism developed in [24, 25].
The dynamical origin of the refinement of the Gribov-Zwanziger theory
Event-B promotes an incremental style of formal modelling, where each step of a development is underpinned by formal reasoning.
Discovery of Invariants through Automated Theory Formation
Considering recent theoretical and observational disagreements with the γ-formalism statements, this formalism, in its current form, can not be recommended for studies of arbitrary CE events.
Common envelope: the progress and the pitfalls
But neither the study of cobordism representations nor that of systems of algebras of observables could for a long time – apart from a few isolated exceptions – claim to add much to the world-view of those who value formal structures in physics, but not a priori formal structures in mathematics.
Survey of mathematical foundations of QFT and perturbative string theory
We plan to study this truncation at finite temperature in the imaginary time formalism, extending our approach in and investigate whether or not it leads to a correct order for the phase transition, as it was already claimed in from numerical results obtained in the real-time formalism.
A critical look at the role of the bare parameters in the renormalization of Phi-derivable approximations
We view this process as a multivariate aggregation process, and formally solve the evolution equations using the Hamilton-Jacobi formalism.
Dynamics of Random Graphs with Bounded Degrees
Starting from this (appropriately formalized) decorrelation assumption, the SP formalism prescribes a sequence of delicate (non-rigorous) steps to reduce the computation of the precise threshold rk−NAE to the solution of a continuous variational problem for any k ≥ 3 [14,31].
Catching the k-NAESAT Threshold
Next-Closure is one of the best known algorithms in Formal Concept Analysis to compute the concepts of a formal context.
A Generalized Next-Closure Algorithm -- Enumerating Semilattice Elements from a Generating Set
We then call the triple K := (G, M , J ) a formal context, G the objects of the formal context and M the attributes of the formal context.
A Generalized Next-Closure Algorithm -- Enumerating Semilattice Elements from a Generating Set
In contrast to the original version of Next-Closure used to compute the intents of a given formal context, our version only traverses the formal context K once, when computing { g }′ for every g ∈ G.
A Generalized Next-Closure Algorithm -- Enumerating Semilattice Elements from a Generating Set
Although the above Hamiltonian analysis is started with the action (2.2) where a non-minimally coupled scalar field is introduced, we can show that the resulted Hamiltonian formalism is equivalent to the Lagrangian formalism.
Extension of Loop Quantum Gravity to Metric Theories beyond General Relativity
In the second chapter we present the 3+1 covariant formalism, that constitutes the formal framework of this work.
Backreaction and the Covariant Formalism of General Relativity
In practice, we want now to show how to generalize the Buchert equations, first given in . A generalization to the case of an ideal fluid is given in using the ADM formalism, while in the covariant formalism is used, with an arbitrary averaging hypersurface.
Backreaction and the Covariant Formalism of General Relativity
Firstly, we formally introduce the multi-agent plan repair problem and formally present the core hypothesis underlying our work.
Decentralized Multi-agent Plan Repair in Dynamic Environments
A formal proof of this claim is skipped as it is uninteresting and tedious (demanding a formalization of semantics and complexity, currently left informal).
Bounded Termination of Monotonicity-Constraint Transition Systems