- 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.
formula
noun
pl. -·las or -·lae·- 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 = ?r 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 formula
L, diminutive of forma, formformula
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 of formula
Latin fōrmula diminutive of fōrma formRelated Forms:
- for′mu·la′ic
adjective
- for′mu·la′i·cal·ly
adverb
formula
(plural formulae or formulas or formulæ)
- (mathematics) Any mathematical rule expressed symbolically.
- is a formula for finding the roots of the quadratic equation ax^{2} + bx + c = 0.
- (chemistry) A symbolic expression of the structure of a compound.
- H_{2}O 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.
From Latin formula (“a small pattern or mold, form, rule, principle, method, formula”), diminutive of forma (“a form”); see form.
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.