- 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.
- 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: Classical Latin diminutive of forma, form
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noun pl. 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: Latin fōrmula, diminutive of fōrma, form.
- forˌmu·laˈic adjective
- forˌmu·laˈi·cal·ly adverb
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.
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formula - Medical Definition
noun pl. for·mu·las or for·mu·lae
- 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.
formula - Science Definition
Plural formulas formulas or formulae
- 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.
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