Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An established form of words or symbols for use in a ceremony or procedure.
  • n. An utterance of conventional notions or beliefs; a hackneyed expression.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Chemistry A symbolic representation of the composition or of the composition and structure of a compound.
  • n. Chemistry The compound so represented.
  • n. A prescription of ingredients in fixed proportion; a recipe.
  • n. A liquid food for infants, containing most of the nutrients in human milk.
  • n. Mathematics A statement, especially an equation, of a fact, rule, principle, or other logical relation.
  • n. Sports A set of specifications, including engine displacement, fuel capacity, and weight, that determine a class of racing car.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any mathematical rule expressed symbolically.
  • n. A symbolic expression of the structure of a compound.
  • n. A plan of action intended to solve a problem.
  • n. A formulation; a prescription; a mixture or solution made in a prescribed manner; the identity and quantities of ingredients of such a mixture.
  • n. Drink given to babies to substitute for mother's milk.
  • n. 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said.
  • n. A written confession of faith; a formal statement of foctrines.
  • n. A rule or principle expressed in algebraic language.
  • n. A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a medicinal compound.
  • n. A symbolic expression (by means of letters, figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a compound.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In general, a prescribed form or rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said; particularly, a form of words in which something is required by rule or custom to be stated.
  • n. Specifically Eccles., a written confession of faith; a formal enunciation or statement of doctrines. See creed, and confession of faith, under confession, 3.
  • n. In mathematics, any general equation; a rule or principle expressed in algebraic symbols.
  • n. In chem., an expression by means of symbols and figures of the constituents of a compound. See chemical formula, under chemical.
  • n. See the qualifying words.
  • n. See the adjectives.
  • n. various algebraic formulæ devised by the authors whose names are given, to express the quantity of flow of water in term's of length, depth, etc., in a measuring-device.
  • n. where , and of any triangle.
  • n. The phalangeal formula is 2, 3, 4, 5, 4.
  • n. Osborn, The Reptilian Subclasses Diapsida and Synapsida.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a liquid food for infants
  • n. a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle
  • n. something regarded as a normative example
  • n. directions for making something
  • n. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
  • n. a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements
  • n. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement

Etymologies

Latin fōrmula, diminutive of fōrma, form.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin formula ("a small pattern or mold, form, rule, principle, method, formula"), diminutive of forma ("a form"); see form. (Wiktionary)

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  • But then just kind of working out what are the values of the show, what’s the kind of mass of an episode because people use the term formula like it’s a bad thing.

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