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.
- formosa strait,
- formula one,
- formula unit,
- formula weight,
Origin of formula
Examples from the Web for formulae
And these formulae are found to be generally applicable where like things are in a like field of relatedness.Spencer's Philosophy of Science|C. Lloyd Morgan
It is not even a political theory which may be stated in a series of formulae.
For the reasons which induced Cassiodorus to compile the two books of Formulae, see his Preface (translated, p. 133).The Letters of Cassiodorus|Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
The formulae submitted are authentic, and in many cases are now being used in soapmaking.Soap-Making Manual|E. G. Thomssen
These formulae will be found to involve one arbitrary constant which I will call k.The Concept of Nature|Alfred North Whitehead
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
plural of 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.