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Definitions of formula

  1. a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements
  2. something regarded as a normative example; " the convention of not naming the main character"; " violence is the rule not the exception"; " his formula for impressing visitors"
  3. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
  4. a liquid food for infants
  5. ( mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; " he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; " he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
  6. a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle
  7. A prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said.
  8. A written confession of faith; a formal statement of foctrines.
  9. A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a medicinal compound.
  10. A symbolic expression ( by means of letters, figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a compound.
  11. A set rule or model; a prescription; a recipe; the expression of a rule by algebraic symbols.
  12. A prescribed form: a formal statement of doctrines: ( math.) a general expression for solving problems: ( chem.) a set of symbols expressing the components of a body:- pl. FORMULAE, FORMULAS.
  13. Prescribed form; formal statement; symbol.
  14. A fixed rule; exact statement.
  15. A prescribed form; a prescription; a normal statement of accepted doctrines, or beliefs; a general expression for solving certain cases or problems; a set of symbols representing the constituents of a compound body.
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Usage examples for formula

  1. If these children were six months old, and the formula best suited to them is unknown, we must begin with a formula suited to a two- or three- month- old child and quickly work up to the six- month formula, which may often be accomplished within two or three days. – The Mother and Her Child by William S. Sadler Lena K. Sadler
  2. The formula is regarded as it were as private property, and its knowledge is sufficient to institute the priest in his capacity. – The Religion of the Indians of California by A. L. Kroeber
  3. There was she, safe and sound, with the true last will of Mr. Meeson tattooed upon her; and " probate had issued"- whatever that mysterious formula might mean- to another will, not the real last will. – Mr. Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard
  4. The formula is the same. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  5. The clergyman then said the words for Edith, but she could not repeat the formula after him. – The Living Link by James De Mille
  6. " This is part of the formula for the administration of the oath," said Barker. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  7. To account for this, she devised the formula of a room at Count Rosek's, where he slept when music kept him late, so as not to disturb her. – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  8. Formula as he said it.... – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  9. You know the formula- 'It was said by them of old time. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. He gave it a form that commended itself to the scientific and public intelligence of the day, and he won wide- spread conviction by showing with consummate skill that it was an effective formula to work with, a key which no lock refused. – Darwin and Modern Science by A.C. Seward and Others
  11. The doctor says we've just got to keep trying until we hit a formula that agrees with him." – Star-Dust A Story of an American Girl by Fannie Hurst
  12. And I am very young; pray finish the formula. – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  13. We must, first of all, take account of this difficulty when we use the expression or the formula " materialistic conception of history." – Essays on the Materialistic Conception of History by Antonio Labriola
  14. There was nothing for it, it seemed, but the magic formula to move Anazeh. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  15. It is evident, therefore, that the problem is very complex, and it would be quite useless to attempt to express it by a single formula. – Mentally Defective Children by Alfred Binet Théodore Simon
  16. Then he stuck a drop of molasses upon the wall beside the butterfly's head and said: " Eat that, while I read my book and prepare my magic formula." – American Fairy Tales by L. Frank Baum
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