formula

[fawr-myuh-luh]

noun, plural for·mu·las, for·mu·lae [fawr-myuh-lee] /ˈfɔr myəˌli/.


Nearby words

  1. formlessly,
  2. formol,
  3. formosa,
  4. formosa strait,
  5. formosus,
  6. formula one,
  7. formula unit,
  8. formula weight,
  9. formulae,
  10. formulaic

Origin of formula

1575–85; < Latin: register, form, rule. See form, -ule

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British Dictionary definitions for formula

formula

noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)

an established form or set of words, as used in religious ceremonies, legal proceedings, etc
maths physics a general relationship, principle, or rule stated, often as an equation, in the form of symbols
chem a representation of molecules, radicals, ions, etc, expressed in the symbols of the atoms of their constituent elementsSee molecular formula, empirical formula, structural formula
  1. a method, pattern, or rule for doing or producing something, often one proved to be successful
  2. (as modifier)formula fiction
  1. a prescription for making up a medicine, baby's food, etc
  2. a substance prepared according to such a prescription
motor racing the specific category in which a particular type of car competes, judged according to engine size, weight, and fuel capacity
Derived Formsformulaic (ˌfɔːmjʊˈleɪɪk), adjective

Word Origin for formula

C17: from Latin: diminutive of forma form

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Word Origin and History for formula

formula

n.
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Medicine definitions for formula

formula

[fôrmyə-lə]

n. pl. for•mu•las

A symbolic representation of the chemical composition or of the chemical composition and structure of a compound.
The chemical compound so represented.
A prescription of ingredients in fixed proportion; a recipe.
A liquid food for infants, containing most of the nutrients in human milk.
A mathematical statement, especially an equation, of a fact, rule, principle, or other logical relation.

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Science definitions for formula

formula

[fôrmyə-lə]

Plural formulas formulae (fôrmyə-lē′)

A set of symbols showing the composition of a chemical compound. A formula lists the elements contained within it and indicates the number of atoms of each element with a subscript numeral if the number is more than 1. For example, H2O is the formula for water, where H2 indicates two atoms of hydrogen and O indicates one atom of oxygen.
A set of symbols expressing a mathematical rule or principle. For example, the formula for the area of a rectangle is a = lw, where a is the area, l the length, and w the width.
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