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  1. for·mu·la
    IPA[ˈfôrmyələ]
  2. noun

    • 1. a mathematical relationship or rule expressed in symbols:

      the formula for the capacitance of a spherical capacitor
    • 2. a set of chemical symbols showing the elements present in a compound and their relative proportions, and in some cases the structure of the compound.

    • 3. a list of ingredients for or constituents of something:

      the soft drink company closely guards its secret formula
    • 4. a formulation:

      an original coal tar formula that helps prevent dandruff
    • 5. an infant's liquid food preparation based on cow's milk or soy protein, given as a substitute for breast milk:

      she put two bottles of formula in the fridge
    • 6. a method, statement, or procedure for achieving something, especially reconciling different aims or positions:

      the forlorn hope of finding a peace formula
    • 7. a fixed form of words, especially one used in particular contexts or as a conventional usage:

      a legal formula
      Synonym : form of words, set expression, phrase, saying, aphorism, code, set of words, set of symbols, formulary
    • 8. a rule or style unintelligently or slavishly followed:

      one of those formula tunes
    • 9. a statement that formally enunciates a religious doctrine.

    • 10. a stock epithet, phrase, or line repeated for various effects in literary composition, especially epic poetry.

    • 11. (usually followed by a number) a classification of race car, especially by engine capacity:

      formula two
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: formula, plural noun: formulae

    • noun

      a mathematical relationship or rule expressed in symbols:

      a set of chemical symbols showing the elements present in a compound and their relative proportions.

    • noun

      an international form of auto racing, whose races are called Grand Prix:
    • noun

      the action of feeding a baby with formula, as opposed to breast milk:
    • noun

      an equation relating the value of a function for a given value of its argument (or arguments) to its values for other values of the argument(s).
    • noun

      a formula expressing the number and kinds of teeth possessed by a mammal. A dental formula is usually written in the form of four “fractions,” one for each type of tooth, with the upper and lower lines describing the upper and lower jaws respectively.
    • noun

      a formula giving the number of atoms of each of the elements present in one molecule of a specific compound.
    • noun

      a formula giving the proportions of the elements present in a compound but not the actual numbers or arrangement of atoms.
    • noun

      a formula which shows the arrangement of atoms in the molecule of a compound.
    • adjective

      (of a baby) fed using formula, as opposed to breast milk:
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