Meaning of FORMULA in English

FORMULA

I. ˈfȯr-myə-lə noun

( plural -las or for·mu·lae -ˌlē, -ˌlī)

Etymology: Latin, diminutive of forma form

Date: 1618

1.

a. : a set form of words for use in a ceremony or ritual

b. : a conventionalized statement intended to express some fundamental truth or principle especially as a basis for negotiation or action

2.

a.

(1) : recipe

(2) : prescription

b. : a milk mixture or substitute for feeding an infant

3.

a. : a general fact, rule, or principle expressed in usually mathematical symbols

b. : a symbolic expression of the chemical composition or constitution of a substance

c. : a group of symbols (as letters and numbers) associated to express facts or data (as the number and kinds of teeth in the jaw) concisely

d. : a combination of signs in a logical calculus

4. : a customary or set form or method allowing little room for originality

• for·mu·la·ic ˌfȯr-myə-ˈlā-ik adjective

• for·mu·la·ical·ly -ˈlā-ə-k(ə-)lē adverb

II. adjective

Date: 1951

: of, relating to, or being an open-wheel open-cockpit rear-engine racing car conforming to prescribed specifications as to size, weight, and engine displacement

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.