• 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

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