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Topic: CHEMISTRY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: 'small form', from forma; FORM1

formula

noun
     
for‧mu‧la W3 plural formulas or formulae
1 [singular] a method or set of principles that you use to solve a problem or to make sure that something is successful:
We're still searching for a peace formula.
formula for
a formula for the withdrawal of US forces from the area
There is no magic formula (=a method that is certain to be successful) that will transform sorrow into happiness.
With viewing figures up a million, the programme has a winning formula.
2 [countable]HM a series of numbers or letters that represent a mathematical or scientific rule:
the formula for calculating distance
Sugar is represented by the simple formula CHO.
3 [countable]HC a list of the substances used to make a medicine, fuel, drink etc, showing the amounts of each substance that should be used:
Our products are handmade from traditional formulas.
4

Formula One/Two/Three etc

TTCDSO a type of car racing, in which the different types are based on the size of the cars' engines:
a Formula One car
5 [uncountable]DHB a type of liquid food for babies that is similar to a woman's breast milk
6 [countable] a fixed and familiar series of words that seems meaningless or insincere:
a speech full of the usual formulas and clichés
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