• WordNet 3.6
    • v formulate elaborate, as of theories and hypotheses "Could you develop the ideas in your thesis"
    • v formulate put into words or an expression "He formulated his concerns to the board of trustees"
    • v formulate come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or principle) after a mental effort "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    • v formulate prepare according to a formula
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Coca-Cola was so named back in 1885 for its two 'medicinal' ingredients: extract of coca leaves and kola nuts. As for how much cocaine was originally in the formulation, it's hard to know.
    • v. t Formulate To reduce to, or express in, a formula; to put in a clear and definite form of statement or expression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When Charles Darwin published his theory on human evolution in The Descent of Man in 1871, not a single fossil that was known to be pre-human had been found to back up his ideas. Although his theory was later proved to be true, it was formulated entirely without physical evidence and based almost completely on speculation.
    • formulate To reduce to or express in a formula; state in a precise and comprehensive or systematic form.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Formulate to reduce to or express in a formula: to state or express in a clear or definite form
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  • Lindsay Anderson
    Lindsay Anderson
    “Art is an experience, not the formulation of a problem.”
  • Simone Weil
    “The role of the intelligence --that part of us which affirms and denies and formulates opinions is merely to submit.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The formulation of a problem is often more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill.”
  • Susan Sontag
    “Although none of the rules for becoming more alive is valid, it is healthy to keep on formulating them.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., dim. of forma.


In literature:

Formulating a mental picture of the events.
"A Guide to Methods and Observation in History" by Calvin Olin Davis
During the winter of 1911-1912 the project was formulated, and in the early summer of 1912 the bill was introduced.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
We come to the second opinion we have formulated.
"The Mind and the Brain" by Alfred Binet
As early as October 3, 1660, the plans were formulated.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
But if Protestantism is not the true solution, it was the true formulation of the problem.
"Selected Essays" by Karl Marx
Can't be formulated, not even to ourselves.
"Flint" by Maud Wilder Goodwin
He waited until the Germans should present explanations and thereafter took more than a week in which to formulate his decision.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
It must not be understood that Garcia was the first teacher to attempt to formulate a systematic scheme of instruction in singing.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
What is fundamentally wrong with the above definition and with the entire class of formulations of which it is an instance?
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various
It is scarcely fair to interpret as considered, deliberate formulation of principles, utterances so unpremeditated and fragmentary.
"Early Theories of Translation" by Flora Ross Amos
Various hypotheses have been formulated on these lines, with special reference to the evolution of man.
"Evolution in Modern Thought" by Ernst Haeckel
In 1935, a Committee on Varieties and Standards endeavored to formulate a working schedule that would be adopted as official.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
It quickly leads us to formulate some general laws.
"Psychotherapy" by Hugo Münsterberg
This is, however, to formulate the statement of the third point, that Spiritual Life is not an ordinary form of energy or force.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Not that Colonel Ormiston formulated all that, still less held forth upon it.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
The freshmen, in the meantime, were striving to formulate some definite plan for concerted action.
"The Girl Scouts' Good Turn" by Edith Lavell
On 18th April the men's committee formulated their demands in two manifestoes.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
They deliberately seek to formulate exact descriptions.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
She did not formulate in thought what need.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Then the girl conferred with Gregory and plans for the night were formulated.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton

In poetry:

A prince survives by unseen acts.
At night the chief advisor knocked
at Frederick's workroom in the tower
and found him formulating facts
for treatises on wingèd power
while his penman turned out text.
"Falconry" by Rainer Maria Rilke

In news:

Formulated the original recipe from scratch.
The line was designed to be the first affordable, nationally accessible brand with formulations free of harmful chemicals.
Bühler provides starting point formulations to illustrate the benefits of Oxylink™ in a variety of settings.
Sir Isaac Newton formulates gravity.
James Watt formulates steam power.
New Test Method for Evaluating the Relative Effectiveness of Hand Hygiene Formulations Using the Palmar Surface and Mechanical Hand Sampling.
The announcement follows the Food and Drug Administration licensure of the 2012-2013 formulation, the drug maker said.
Rhythm will also tap into Ipsen's formulation capabilities and expertise to develop delivery systems for the peptides .
Hydrogen peroxide in home-care formulations.
The plant growth regulator is 10 times stronger than standard 0.4-percent formulations.
The W8200PG model uses a newly formulated, wide-gamut water-based pigment ink that offers both lightfastness and a high level of ozone resistance.
Polymorph screening is a critical step in developing an active pharmaceutical ingredient for a pharmaceutical formulation.
Representatives said Thursday, Oct 4 they are formulating a plan to address complaints of constant power outages on several streets in Roland Park, not just during the June 29 derecho storm, but long before and after it.
Potency is a required measurement to determine the amount of active ingredient contained in a preclinical dose formulation.
Potency is a required measurement to determine the amount of active ingredient contained in a preclinical dose formulation.

In science:

It is known that the mathematical formulation of traditional quantum gravity is quite different from that of the new quantum gauge theory of gravity which is formulated in this paper, but it does not mean that they are essentially different in physics.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
Dahua Zhang, we have found the differential geometrical formulation of the gravitational gauge theory of gravity which is formulated in this paper.
Gauge Theory of Gravity
We also investigate the most general mapping of the Weinberg-Tucker-Hammer formulation to the antisymetric tensor field formulation.
Generalizations of the Dirac Equation and the Modified Bargmann-Wigner Formalism
The same opinion holds in all usual Clifford algebra formulations of the classical electromagnetism, e.g., the formulations with Clifford multivectors [4-6].
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
It is worth noting that the relations (21) are not the definitions of E and B but they are the relations that connect two equivalent formulations of electrodynamics, the standard formulations with the F field and the new one with the E and B fields.
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
Every of these formulations is an independent, complete and consistent formulation.
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
For more detail see where four equivalent formulations are presented, the F and E , B - formulations and two new additional formulations with real and complex combinations of E and B fields.
The Proof that the Standard Transformations of E and B are not the Lorentz Transformations. Clifford Algebra Formalism
It turns out that all these theories are not physically equivalent, i.e. some formulations are more physically viable than others (the Einstein frame formulation is more viable than the Jordan frame formulation) .
Generalized phantom energy
In section 2.6 we show how gauge transformations and diffeomorphisms fit within the category formulation of ¯A, and speculate on possible extensions of the diffeomorphism group suggested by this formulation.
On the structure of the space of generalized connections
If θ is allowed to depend on the entire sequence x in a noncausal manner (as opposed to the above formulations of the AVC problem), the problem with maximum distortion constraint (2.5) may be formulated as (A.1) and (A.2) with state θ , channel W , and cost l defined below.
Capacity and Random-Coding Exponents for Channel Coding with Side Information
Such a formulation does exist and this is the McDowell-Mansouri formulation of General Relativity rewritten as a BF -theory.
Quantum gravity in terms of topological observables
This formulation of gravity is strikingly similar to a formulation of QCD in terms of the Lagrangian tr(B ∧ F + g2B ∧ ⋆B ).
Quantum gravity in terms of topological observables
It is the analogue in the Hilbert space formulation of classical mechanics, of the Wigner function in the phase space formulation of quantum mechanics.
Semiquantum versus semiclassical mechanics for simple nonlinear systems
Semiquantum approximations obtained from the Hilbert space formulation of classical mechanics, and semiclassical ones obtained from the phase space formulation of quantum mechanics, show significantly different behaviours for expectation values of observables and eigenvalues of the (pseudo)density operator.
Semiquantum versus semiclassical mechanics for simple nonlinear systems
In the rest of Section 1 we define the model, formulate our main theorems, discuss these theorems, and formulate some open problems.
Localization transition for a copolymer in an emulsion