Date: | 1600-1700 |

Language: | Latin |

Origin: | 'small form', from forma; FORM^{1} |

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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.

There is no magic formula (=a method that is certain to be successful) that will transform sorrow into happiness.

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

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

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