Simple Definition of formula
: a plan or method for doing, making, or achieving something
: a list of the ingredients used for making something (such as a medicine or a drink)
mathematics : a general fact or rule expressed in letters and symbols
Full Definition of formula
plural for·mu·las or for·mu·laeplay \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\
1 a : a set form of words for use in a ceremony or ritual b : a conventionalized statement intended to express some fundamental truth or principle especially as a basis for negotiation or action
3 a : a general fact, rule, or principle expressed in usually mathematical symbols b : a symbolic expression of the chemical composition or constitution of a substance c : a group of symbols (as letters and numbers) associated to express facts or data (as the number and kinds of teeth in the jaw) concisely d : a combination of signs in a logical calculus
4 : a customary or set form or method allowing little room for originality
Examples of formula
His investment strategy is based on a simple formula.
This has proven to be a winning formula.
The product is made using a secret formula that the company refuses to reveal.
The formula for water is H2O.
infants drinking formula instead of their mother's milk
Origin of formula
Latin, diminutive of forma form
First Known Use: 1618
Definition of formula
: of, relating to, or being an open-wheel open-cockpit rear-engine racing car conforming to prescribed specifications as to size, weight, and engine displacement
First Known Use of formula
Medical Definition of formula
1a: a recipe or prescription giving method and proportions of ingredients for the preparation of some material (as a medicine)b: a milk mixture or substitute for feeding an infant typically consisting of prescribed proportions and forms of cow's milk, water, and sugar; also : a batch of this made up at one time to meet an infant's future requirements (as during a 24-hour period)
2: a symbolic expression showing the composition or constitution of a chemical substance and consisting of symbols for the elements present and subscripts to indicate the relative or total number of atoms present in a molecule <the formula for ethyl alcohol is C2H5OH>—see empirical formula, molecular formula, structural formula
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