What does Formula mean?

Definitions for Formula
ˈfɔr myə lə; -ˌliFor·mu·la

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formula, expression(noun)

    a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

  2. recipe, formula(noun)

    directions for making something

  3. formula(noun)

    a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle

  4. formula, chemical formula(noun)

    a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements

  5. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula(noun)

    something regarded as a normative example

    "the convention of not naming the main character"; "violence is the rule not the exception"; "his formula for impressing visitors"

  6. formula(noun)

    a liquid food for infants

  7. rule, formula(noun)

    (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems

    "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"


  1. formula(Noun)

    Any mathematical rule expressed symbolically.

    uE000102967uE001 is the formula for finding the roots of the quadratic equation y = ax + bx + c.

    Etymology: From formula, diminutive of forma; see form.

  2. formula(Noun)

    A symbolic expression of the structure of a compound.

    HO is the formula for water (Dihydrogen monoxide)

    Etymology: From formula, diminutive of forma; see form.

  3. formula(Noun)

    A plan of action intended to solve a problem.

    Etymology: From formula, diminutive of forma; see form.

  4. formula(Noun)

    A formulation; a prescription; a mixture or solution made in a prescribed manner; the identity and quantities of ingredients of such a mixture.

    The formula of the rocket fuel has not been revealed.

    Etymology: From formula, diminutive of forma; see form.

  5. formula(Noun)

    Drink given to babies to substitute for mother's milk.

    Etymology: From formula, diminutive of forma; see form.

  6. formula(Noun)

    A syntactic expression of a proposition, built up from quantifiers, logical connectives, variables, relation and operation symbols, and, depending on the type of logic, possibly other operators such as modal, temporal, deontic or epistemic ones.

    Etymology: From formula, diminutive of forma; see form.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formula(noun)

    a prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said

    Etymology: [L., dim. of forma form, model. SeeForm, n.]

  2. Formula(noun)

    a written confession of faith; a formal statement of foctrines

    Etymology: [L., dim. of forma form, model. SeeForm, n.]

  3. Formula(noun)

    a rule or principle expressed in algebraic language; as, the binominal formula

    Etymology: [L., dim. of forma form, model. SeeForm, n.]

  4. Formula(noun)

    a prescription or recipe for the preparation of a medicinal compound

    Etymology: [L., dim. of forma form, model. SeeForm, n.]

  5. Formula(noun)

    a symbolic expression (by means of letters, figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a compound

    Etymology: [L., dim. of forma form, model. SeeForm, n.]


  1. Formula

    In science, a formula is a concise way of expressing information symbolically as in a mathematical or chemical formula. The informal use of the term formula in science refers to the general construct of a relationship between given quantities. The plural of formula can be spelled either as formulas or formulae. In mathematics, a formula is an entity constructed using the symbols and formation rules of a given logical language. For example, determining the volume of a sphere requires a significant amount of integral calculus; but, having done this once, mathematicians can produce a formula to describe the volume in terms of some other parameter. This particular formula is: Having obtained this result, and knowing the radius of the sphere in question, we can quickly and easily determine its volume. Note that the volume V and the radius r are expressed as single letters instead of words or phrases. This convention, while less important in a relatively simple formula, means that mathematicians can more quickly manipulate larger and more complex formulae. In modern chemistry, a chemical formula is a way of expressing information about the proportions of atoms that constitute a particular chemical compound, using a single line of chemical element symbols, numbers, and sometimes other symbols, such as parentheses, brackets, and plus and minus signs. For example, H2O is the chemical formula for water, specifying that each molecule consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. Similarly, O− 3 denotes an ozone molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms and having a net negative charge.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Formula

    form′ū-la, n. a prescribed form: a formal statement of doctrines: (math.) a general expression for solving problems: (chem.) a set of symbols expressing the components of a body:—pl. Formulæ (form′ū-lē), Form′ulas.—adjs. Form′ular, Formularis′tic.—ns. Formularisā′tion, Formulā′tion; Form′ulary, a formula: a book of formulæ or precedents.—adj. prescribed: ritual.—vs.t. Form′ulāte, Form′ulise, to reduce to or express in a formula: to state or express in a clear or definite form. [L., dim. of forma.]

Editors Contribution

  1. formula

    A perfect and accurate specific creation.

    The formula for the response is created easily, effectively and efficiently to meet the current choices and agreements.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 3, 2020  
  2. formula

    A perfect, accurate and specific mathematical creation.

    The formula for the answer is created easily, effectively and efficiently.

    Submitted by MaryC on May 3, 2020  
  3. formula

    A perfect, accurate and specific rule or principle.

    The formula was easy , the solution was expressed and worked.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 8, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Formula' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3753

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Formula' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2893

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Formula' in Nouns Frequency: #1324

How to pronounce Formula?

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How to say Formula in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Formula in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Formula in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Formula in a Sentence

  1. Helmut Marko:

    Mr Mateschitz has said many times that we are not in Formula One just to participate, we are here to win. The Olympic principle of just being there is not in Red Bull’s DNA, the Concorde Agreement goes until 2020. But to stay that long we must have a competitive engine in the very near future.

  2. Joseph Conrad:

    I take it that what all men are really after is some form or perhaps only some formula of peace.

  3. Etty Hillesum:

    We are always in search of the redeeming formula, the crystallizing thought.

  4. Scott Peppet:

    That's where the data then moves into other parts of the economy — lending decisions, credit decisions, mortgage decisions, once these data are in the hands of a data broker, they can be blended into any kind of formula.

  5. Bernie Ecclestone:

    They wanted the same sort of deal as Mercedes and some money. So we tried to work it out. We got a calculator and worked out what nine years would be, what we've done for them is not anything that we need to do, or had to, but we've done it to try and be helpful and keep Renault in Formula One. Our agreement is with Renault and not with Lotus.

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    an attitude of irreverence or contempt for a divinity
    • A. congius
    • B. profaneness
    • C. cazique
    • D. omphalos

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