Formalize to Forstall
(Form"al*ize) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Formalized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Formalizing ]
1. To give form, or a certain form, to; to model. [R.]
2. To render formal.
(Form"al*ize), v. i. To affect formality. [Obs.] ales.
(Form"al*ly), adv. In a formal manner; essentially; characteristically; expressly; regularly; ceremoniously; precisely.
That which formally makes this [charity] a Christian grace, is the spring from which it flows.Smalridge.
You and your followers do stand formally divided against the authorized guides of the church and rest
of the people.Hooker.
(For"mate) n. [See Formic.] (Chem.) A salt of formic acid. [Written also formiate.]
(For*ma"tion) n. [L. formatio: cf. F. formation.]
1. The act of giving form or shape to anything; a forming; a shaping. Beattie.
2. The manner in which a thing is formed; structure; construction; conformation; form; as, the peculiar formation
of the heart.
3. A substance formed or deposited.
4. (Geol.) (a) Mineral deposits and rock masses designated with reference to their origin; as, the siliceous
formation about geysers; alluvial formations; marine formations. (b) A group of beds of the same age
or period; as, the Eocene formation.
5. (Mil.) The arrangement of a body of troops, as in a square, column, etc. Farrow.
(Form"a*tive) a. [Cf. F. formatif.]
1. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts.
The meanest plant can not be raised without seed, by any formative residing in the soil.Bentley.
2. (Gram.) Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative.
3. (Biol.) Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter.
(Form"a*tive), n. (Gram.) (a) That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the
radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word. (b) A word formed in accordance with some rule or
usage, as from a root.
(For`mé") a. (Her.) Same as Paté or Patté.
(For"me) a. [OE., fr. AS. forma. See Foremost.] First. [Obs.] "Adam our forme father." Chaucer.
1. (Astron.) Arranged, as stars in a constellation; as, formed stars. [R.]
2. (Biol.) Having structure; capable of growth and development; organized; as, the formed or organized
ferments. See Ferment, n.