Meaning of formula
Pronunciation: (fôr'myu-lu), [key]
— pl. -las, -lae
- 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.
- any fixed or conventional method for doing something: His mystery stories were written according to a popular formula.
- a rule or principle, frequently expressed in algebraic symbols.
- such a symbolic expression.
- an expression of the constituents of a compound by symbols and figures. Cf. empirical formula, molecular formula, structural formula.
- a recipe or prescription: a new formula for currant wine.
- a special nutritive mixture, esp. of milk, sugar, and water, in prescribed proportions for feeding a baby.
- a formal statement of religious doctrine.
- (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.
- formula (Thesaurus)