- a set form of words, as for stating or declaring something definitely or authoritatively, for indicating procedure to be followed, or for prescribed use on some ceremonial occasion.
- any fixed or conventional method for doing something: His mystery stories were written according to a popular formula.
- a rule or principle, frequently expressed in algebraic symbols.
- such a symbolic expression.
- Chemistry. an expression of the constituents of a compound by symbols and figures.Compare empirical formula, molecular formula, structural formula.
- a recipe or prescription: a new formula for currant wine.
- a special nutritive mixture, especially of milk, sugar, and water, in prescribed proportions for feeding a baby.
- a formal statement of religious doctrine.
- (initial capital letter) a set of specifications as to weight, engine displacement, fuel capacity, etc., for defining a class of racing cars (usually followed by a limiting numerical designation): Some races are open to Formula One cars.
Origin of formula
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- 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
- 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
- motor racing the specific category in which a particular type of car competes, judged according to engine size, weight, and fuel capacity
Word Origin and History 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.
- 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.
- 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.