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


Related topics: Babies, Hard Science, Chemistry, Maths
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.

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

Dictionary results for "formula"
Dictionary pictures of the day
Do you know what each of these is called?
What is the word for picture 1? What is the word for picture 2? What is the word for picture 3? What is the word for picture 4?
Click on any of the pictures above to find out what it is called.