|n.||1.||(Chem.) See Methylal.|
|a.||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.|
|3.||Done in due form, or with solemnity; according to regular method; not incidental, sudden or irregular; express; |
|4.||Devoted to, or done in accordance with, forms or rules; punctilious; regular; orderly; methodical; of a prescribed form; exact; prim; stiff; ceremonious; |
|5.||Having the form or appearance without the substance or essence; external; |
|6.||Dependent in form; conventional.|
|Adj.||1.||formal - 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"|
informal - not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"
|2.||formal - characteristic of or befitting a person in authority; "formal duties"; "an official banquet"|
|3.||formal - (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"|
informal - used of spoken and written language
|4.||formal - represented in simplified or symbolic form|
|5.||formal - logically deductive; "formal proof"|
|6.||formal - refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court; "a courtly gentleman"|
|1.||FORMAL - 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.||FORMAL - A data manipulation language for nonprogrammers from IBM
["FORMAL: A Forms-Oriented and Visual-Directed Application System", N.C. Shu, IEEE Computer 18(8):38-49 (1985)].