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.
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|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|William Boot|December 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tim Mak|October 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When we devised the formula we use to determine poverty in the United States, it was 1964.
If you find the formula, Madge, I want you to fix me up a solution for the kitchen pump!The Missing Formula|Mildred A. Wirt, AKA Ann Wirt
If ever he had a formula he had lost it; he was no longer in his own secret, if ever he had been.Imaginary Interviews|W. D. Howells
Hugo's formula is now fallen out of mode, yet his plays have accomplished their threescore years and ten.Inquiries and Opinions|Brander Matthews
That formula was usual: Je supplie Dieu et de vous donner bonne vie, et longue, et a moy leur de votre bonne grasse.The Mystery of Mary Stuart|Andrew Lang
In preparing stock solutions, label the bottles and write the formula with direction for use on the label.
British Dictionary definitions for formula
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
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.