formula

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈfɔːrmjʊlə/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈfɔrmyələ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(fôrmyə lə)


Inflections of 'formula' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
formulas
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
formulae
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
for•mu•la /ˈfɔrmyələ/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  -las, -lae 
    /-ˌli/.USA pronunciation  
  1. [countable] a set form of words, as for stating something with authority, for indicating procedure to be followed, or for use on some ceremonial occasion.
  2. fixed or conventional method or approach:[countable]produced her popular novels by a formula.
  3. Mathematics a mathematical rule or principle, frequently expressed in algebraic symbols:[countable]E = mc2 is a formula expressing the relationship between matter and energy.
  4. Chemistry an expression of the parts or elements of a compound by symbols and figures:[countable]H2O is the molecular formula for water.
  5. Drugs a recipe or prescription:[countable]The formula for making that new plastic is a closely kept secret.
  6. Nutrition[uncountable] a special nutritive food mixture, esp. of milk or milk substitute, for feeding a baby.
for•mu•la•ic /ˌfɔrmyəˈleɪɪk/USA pronunciation  adj. See -form-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
for•mu•la  (fôrmyə lə),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -las, -lae 
    (fôrmyə lə),USA pronunciation 
  1. a set form of words, as for stating or declaring something definitely or authoritatively, for indicating procedure to be followed, or for prescribed use on some ceremonial occasion.
  2. any fixed or conventional method for doing something:His mystery stories were written according to a popular formula.
  3. Mathematics
    • a rule or principle, frequently expressed in algebraic symbols.
    • such a symbolic expression.
  4. Chemistryan expression of the constituents of a compound by symbols and figures. Cf. empirical formula, molecular formula, structural formula.
  5. Drugsa recipe or prescription:a new formula for currant wine.
  6. Nutritiona special nutritive mixture, esp. of milk, sugar, and water, in prescribed proportions for feeding a baby.
  7. Religiona formal statement of religious doctrine.
  8. Sport, Automotive(cap.) a set of specifications as to weight, engine displacement, fuel capacity, etc., for defining a class of racing cars (usually followed by a limiting numerical designation):Some races are open to Formula One cars.
  • Latin: register, form, rule. See form, -ule
  • 1575–85

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
formula /ˈfɔːmjʊlə/ n ( pl -las, -lae / -ˌliː/)
  1. an established form or set of words, as used in religious ceremonies, legal proceedings, etc
  2. a general relationship, principle, or rule stated, often as an equation, in the form of symbols
  3. a representation of molecules, radicals, ions, etc, expressed in the symbols of the atoms of their constituent elements
  4. a method, pattern, or rule for doing or producing something, often one proved to be successful
  5. (as modifier): formula fiction
  6. a prescription for making up a medicine, baby's food, etc
  7. the specific category in which a particular type of car competes, judged according to engine size, weight, and fuel capacity
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin: diminutive of forma form

formulaic /ˌfɔːmjʊˈleɪɪk/ adj
'formula' also found in these entries:
Collocations: the formula [values, perimeters, range], copy down the formula, copy the formula down from the [board, book], more...

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