• WordNet 3.6
    • n formulation inventing or contriving an idea or explanation and formulating it mentally
    • n formulation the style of expressing yourself "he suggested a better formulation","his manner of expression showed how much he cared"
    • n formulation a substance prepared according to a formula "the physician prescribed a commercial preparation of the medicine"
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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.
    • n Formulation The act, process, or result of formulating or reducing to a formula.
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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.
    • n formulation The act, process, or result of formulating.
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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.”


In literature:

He did not reason about them, or try to formulate what he actually believed.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
The idea of God, formulated by a theodicy that claims to be rational, is simply an hypothesis, like the hypotheses of ether, for example.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
People were living and living well through all the centuries before the science of psychology was formulated.
"Outwitting Our Nerves" by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Are you formulating an interest or tracing a sequence of events?
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
We need not, it is true, believe that it was logically formulated in primitive times and ruthlessly applied.
"The Unity of Civilization" by Various
But it is dangerous to formulate what he did not formulate himself, and not always easy to understand what he did formulate.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
They elected a President, but were afraid to formulate a platform.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
With a definitely formulated aim before him, he can decide just what material he needs.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
This time it was to be Paul who was to formulate a plan.
"The Master Mystery" by Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
He did not formulate his fears.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
That theory, as every one knows, was carefully formulated by Webster and elaborated by Lincoln.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
These but formulate in another way what the vows that I have already discussed mean by implication.
"Craftsmanship in Teaching" by William Chandler Bagley
The League of Peace will furnish a great opportunity for more definite formulation of the principles of international law.
"New York Times Current History; The European War, Vol 2, No. 4, July, 1915" by Various
Conceived in such modes, being vouches for itself and needs no further philosophic formulation.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Ambiguity or vagueness indicates either a vacillation or the inability to formulate orders.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Of what use is this formulated statement of experience?
"The Child and the Curriculum" by John Dewey
Coue now passed on to the formulation of specific suggestions.
"The Practice of Autosuggestion" by C. Harry Brooks
The aim or aims of a subject or a lesson, once formulated, must always be kept before the students as well as before the teacher.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
It is here very easy to fall into error in formulating false conclusions.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
I require time to formulate plans and to prevent further trouble.
"The Mystery of the Lost Dauphin" by Emilia Pardo Bazán

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:

Solvent-based formulations were one-half of the polyurethane dollars, with flexible packaging and footwear the largest applications.
Under a 2009 agreement, Novartis has exclusive rights to the depot formulation of Fanapt® in the US and Canada.
The Sysstem-Ready technology also is available in calcium, magnesium, and potassium formulations .
Novel paclitaxel formulation encouraging for treating advanced lung cancer.
PRODUCTS & TECHNOLOGY: Coatings- Formulation Enhancements.
More Dietitians Are Involved in Food Formulation .
Including First Antimicrobial Formulation .
Schering-Plough reported that the FDA has approved a new scent-free formulation of Nasonex prescription nasal inhaled steroid.
News New Medallion WDG fungicide formulation for ornamentals.
They point out that the formulation of high- fructose corn syrup was precisely calibrated to mimic the taste of sucrose before it was subbed into soft drinks in the early 1980s.
The grout 's formulation can reportedly yield high chemical, UV and stain resistance and strong, color-consistent joints.
Guarana Formulated in Slimming Agent.
A newer version of the Pill may carry a slightly higher blood clot risk than older formulations - but it's still a small risk, says the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
New Test Method for Determining the Bacteria-Eliminating Effectiveness of Food-Handler Handwash Formulations Using Hands of Adults.
Etika was recently named the winner of the Thermoset Resin Formulators Association's (TRFA) first Excellence in Thermoset Polymer Research Award.

In science:

Note that the method of operates on the quadratic programming formulation discussed in Section 3.14 , while lsqnonneg operates on the formulation of Definition 1.
Random Projections for the Nonnegative Least-Squares Problem
After the discovery of the self dual connection formulation of canonical general relativity by Ashtekar , it was soon realized by Barbero that a formulation in terms of a real SU (2) connection was indeed possible.
4d Lorentzian Holst action with topological terms
Although formulation (21) has an additional variable q, at the optimum the two formulations are equivalent because p and r have the same values.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
An old conjecture, explicitly formulated for the first time by Misiewicz [M1], is that the class Φ(K ) can be non-trivial only in this case. A slightly weaker conjecture was formulated by Lisitsky [Li2]: if the class Φ(K ) is non-trivial, then the space (Rn , k · kK ) embeds in L0 .
Positive definite functions and multidimensional versions of random variables
Our formulation is in fact more convenient for explicit calculations than the original LW formulation.
Field Theory of the RNA Freezing Transition
The “Query formulation” section of the questionnaire is declined along several axes: adequacy of the query to the task at hand, actual formulation, completeness, expressiveness, extensibility and navigability.
Mass data exploration in oncology: An information synthesis approach
In the process of deriving these results we formulate an abstract version of Hastings’ method, and we believe that this formulation will be useful for the study of other generic properties of random subspaces.
Entanglement of random subspaces via the Hastings bound
Agrawal’s formulation of Euler-Lagrange fractional equations, B˘aleanu and Avkar used them in formulating problems with Lagrangians linear in velocities.
Generalized fractional hybrid Hamilton Pontryagin equations
Formulation of proper queries representing the requests, for effective use of the IR systems is one of the significant challenges faced by workers. This leads us to formulating the third meta-requirement: MR3: A KWSS must facilitate easy conversions of natural language “requests” into system language “queries”.
On challenges and opportunities of designing integrated IT platforms for supporting knowledge works in organizations
There are several formulation of the invariance principle, (see for the classical formulation in ).
Diffusive limits on the Penrose tiling
Although the GSL is usually phrased as a statement about global horizons, there is good evidence for a more general formulation , suggesting that one should try to formulate the GSL for as general a definition of “horizon” as possible.
Proving the Achronal Averaged Null Energy Condition from the Generalized Second Law
The Eynard-Orantin formalism is closely related to the Kodaira-Spencer formulation of the B -model, and may be viewed as the bosonized version of our fermionic formulation [223].
Topological Strings and Quantum Curves
Given a suitable theory formulation that violates general covariance on some reading or that lacks a gauge symmetry, it is often possible to construct an empirically equivalent formulation that satisfies that analysis or has a gauge symmetry.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Thus the BFT procedure and similar techniques provide an algorithm for either constructing formulations exemplifying the Kretschmann-type worry that general covariance or gauge freedom is a merely formal rather than substantive feature of a theory formulation, or for generating empirically equivalent theories.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Proca formulations have four fields and three degrees of freedom at every spatial point, with no gauge freedom, whereas Stueckelberg formulations have five fields and three degrees of freedom at each spatial point, with gauge freedom.
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection