formula[fôr′myo̵̅o̅ lə, -myə-]
- The definition of a formula is a group of mathematical symbols that express a relationship or that are used to solve a problem, or a way to make something.
- A group of math symbols that expresses the relationship between the circumference of a circle and its diameter is an example of a formula.
- A guide for how to combine chemicals to achieve a certain reaction is an example of a formula.
- A plan for how to produce a desired outcome is an example of a formula for success.
nounpl. formulas or formulae
- a fixed form of words, esp. one that has lost its original meaning or force and is now used only as a conventional or ceremonial expression: “Very truly yours” is a formula used in letters
- a rule or method for doing something, esp. when conventional and used or repeated without thought: a formula for musical comedies
- an exact statement of religious faith or doctrine
- directions for preparing a medicine, a paint, a baby's food, etc.
- something prepared from such directions; often specif., a milk preparation for feeding a baby
- a set of algebraic symbols expressing a mathematical fact, principle, rule, etc.: A = πr is the formula for determining the area of a circle
- Chem. an expression of the composition of a compound (or a radical, etc.) by a combination of symbols and figures to show the constituents
Origin of formulaClassical Latin diminutive of forma, form
nounpl. for·mu·las or for·mu·lae
- a. An established form of words or symbols for use in a ceremony or procedure.b. An utterance of conventional notions or beliefs; a hackneyed expression.
- A method of doing or treating something that relies on an established, uncontroversial model or approach: a new situation comedy that simply uses an old formula.
- Chemistry a. A symbolic representation of the composition or of the composition and structure of a compound.b. The compound so represented.
- a. A prescription of ingredients in fixed proportion; a recipe.b. A liquid food for infants, containing most of the nutrients in human milk.
- Mathematics A statement, especially an equation, of a fact, rule, principle, or other logical relation.
- Formula Sports A set of specifications, including engine displacement, fuel capacity, and weight, that determine a class of racing car.
Origin of formulaLatin fōrmula, diminutive of fōrma, form.
(plural formulae or formulas or formulæ)
- (mathematics) Any mathematical rule expressed symbolically.
- is a formula for finding the roots of the quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0.
- (chemistry) A symbolic expression of the structure of a compound.
- H2O is the formula for water (Dihydrogen monoxide)
- a plan or method for dealing with a problem or for achieving a result
- The company's winning formula includes excellent service and quality products.
- 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.
- Drink given to babies to substitute for mother's milk.
- (logic) 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.
formula - Computer Definition
(1) An arithmetic expression that solves a problem. For example, (fahrenheit-32)*5/9 is the formula for converting Fahrenheit to Celsius.
(2) In spreadsheets, an algorithm that identifies how the data in a specific number of cells is to be calculated. For example, +C3*D8 means that the contents of cell C3 are to be multiplied by the contents of cell D8 and the results are to be placed where the formula is located.