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formula

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noun for·mu·la \ˈfȯr-myə-lə\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of formula

plural

formulas

or

formulae

play \-ˌlē, -ˌlī\
  1. 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

  2. 2 a (1) :  recipe (2) :  prescription b :  a milk mixture or substitute for feeding an infant

  3. 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. 4 :  a customary or set form or method allowing little room for originality

formulaic

play \ˌfȯr-myə-ˈlā-ik\ adjective

formulaically

play \-ˈlā-ə-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of formula in a sentence

  1. His investment strategy is based on a simple formula.

  2. This has proven to be a winning formula.

  3. The product is made using a secret formula that the company refuses to reveal.

  4. The formula for water is H2O.

  5. infants drinking formula instead of their mother's milk



Origin and Etymology of formula

Latin, diminutive of forma form


First Known Use: 1618


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formula

adjective for·mu·la

Definition of formula

  1. :  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



1951

First Known Use of formula

1951

Other Automotive Terms



FORMULA Defined for Kids

formula

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noun for·mu·la \ˈfȯr-myə-lə\

Definition of formula for Students

  1. 1 :  a direction giving amounts of the substances for the preparation of something (as a medicine)

  2. 2 :  an established form or method <a formula for success>

  3. 3 :  a milk mixture or substitute for feeding a baby

  4. 4 :  a general fact or rule expressed in symbols <We learned a formula for finding the size of an angle.>

  5. 5 :  an expression in symbols giving the makeup of a substance <The chemical formula for water is H2O.>




Medical Dictionary

formula

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noun for·mu·la \ˈfȯr-myə-lə\

Medical Definition of formula

plural

formulas

or

formulae

\-ˌlē, -ˌlī\play play
  1. 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 (as one containing soybean protein) for feeding an infant

  2. 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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