noun, plural for·mu·las, for·mu·lae [fawr-myuh-lee] /ˈfɔr myəˌli/.
- a rule or principle, frequently expressed in algebraic symbols.
- such a symbolic expression.
Origin of formula
Related Words for formulacode, creed, canon, credo, precept, rubric, custom, way, theorem, rite, method, blueprint, direction, description, form, maxim, prescription, equation, ritual, principle
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Contemporary Examples of formula
Indeed, Lion Air, with 45 percent of the domestic Indonesian airline market, has swallowed the Fernandes formula whole.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501
January 6, 2015
I'm just not sure that the formula continues to work for us at 50 given other uses we might have for that money.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel
December 21, 2014
The formula of most of their programs has Drew doing the house hunting and Jonathan doing the design and construction.How the Property Brothers Became Your Mom’s Favorite TV Stars
November 25, 2014
The European formula for Fireball has even less: under one gram per kilogram of propylene glycol.Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze
October 28, 2014
When we devised the formula we use to determine poverty in the United States, it was 1964.The U.S. Is Losing a Generation to Poverty
September 18, 2014
Historical Examples of formula
The formula came glibly, but it was from the lips only that it came.The Incomplete Amorist
Where was the formula, the dogma, that would satisfy the hopes of the mankind of to-day?
The cutting harshness of Pierre's formula struck him in the heart.
Such a formula expresses the commandment of sexual ethics as we have defined it.The Sexual Question
Paine was indeed of no century, and no formula of classification can confine him.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
noun plural -las or -lae (-ˌliː)
- a method, pattern, or rule for doing or producing something, often one proved to be successful
- (as modifier)formula fiction
- a prescription for making up a medicine, baby's food, etc
- a substance prepared according to such a prescription
Word Origin for formula
1630s, "words used in a ceremony or ritual," from Latin formula "form, draft, contract, regulation; rule, method, formula," literally "small form," diminutive of forma "form" (see form (n.)).
Modern sense is colored by Carlyle's use (1837) of the word for "rule slavishly followed without understanding" [OED].
Men who try to speak what they believe, are naked men fighting men quilted sevenfold in formulae. [Charles Kingsley, "Letters," 1861]
Mathematical use is from 1796; use in chemistry is from c.1846.