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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. directions for making something
  8. A prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said.
  9. A written confession of faith; a formal statement of foctrines.
  10. A rule or principle expressed in algebraic language; as, the binominal formula.
  11. A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a medicinal compound.
  12. A symbolic expression ( by means of letters, figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a compound.
  13. A set rule or model; a prescription; a recipe; the expression of a rule by algebraic symbols.
  14. 1. A recipe or prescription containing directions for the compounding of a medicinal preparation. 2. In chemistry a symbol or collection of symbols expressing the number of atoms of the element or elements forming one molecule of a substance.
  15. Quantity and character of constituents of a compound and method of making.
  16. 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.
  17. Prescribed form; formal statement; symbol.
  18. A fixed rule; exact statement.
  19. 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.
  20. The symbol or symbols expressing the composition of a body; a general expression for resolving problems; a confession of faith.
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Quotes of formula

  1. I don't want ever to be guilty of what my critics claim: doing formula without original elements. – Piers Anthony
  2. While the United States has largely been missing in action from the diplomatic game, the European Union and Iran have been making progress at developing a formula that would lead to the suspension of Iran's nuclear enrichment program and the start of serious negotiations. – Earl Blumenauer
  3. Free enterprise is essentially a formula not just for wealth creation, but for life satisfaction. – Arthur C. Brooks
  4. I bought a selection of short, romantic fiction novels, studied them, decided that I had found a formula and then wrote a book that I figured was the perfect story. Thank goodness it was rejected. – Louise Brown
  5. They say Formula One is a market which it can't be, obviously. Our market is independent, it's a sport. – Bernie Ecclestone
  6. There are many young talents in Brazil. There is a lot of hope in Felipe Massa. It is very difficult to judge him in his first year, but by the end of the end we are going to have a better position how he does in Formula One. – Emerson Fittipaldi
  7. To race Formula three is very high risk and I am not going to take a chance. Thank god I am not doing it! – Emerson Fittipaldi
  8. I think we can find a formula that would be to everyone's satisfaction, which would make it possible for Croatia to take some more steps and for Europe to accept us into its midst, and for the talks to start. – Stjepan Mesic
  9. Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God. – Maria Mitchell
  10. A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is; otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named. – Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
  11. In sport there is never any moment that is the same as the other. I have been in Formula One for 12 years, and out of that I had one year with the perfect car. – Michael Schumacher
  12. I haven't stuck to any formula Most great writers stick to the same style, but I wanted to be more various. – Irwin Shaw
  13. I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure- which is: Try to please everybody. – Herbert Bayard Swope
  14. If someone said to me that you can have three wishes, my first would have been to get into racing, my second to be in Formula 1, my third to drive for Ferrari. – Gilles Villeneuve
  15. The formula is the star. I couldn't work inside that formula – Dianne Wiest

Usage examples for formula

  1. The formula is the same. – Expositions of Holy Scripture Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers by Alexander Maclaren
  2. 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
  3. The steam passing through a separating calorimeter may be calculated by Napier's formula the size of the orifice being known. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
  4. 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
  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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Formula as he said it.... – The Good Comrade by Una L. Silberrad
  10. 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
  11. We repeated the sacred formula after her, as if we had always been brought up to it. – Hilda Wade A Woman With Tenacity Of Purpose by Grant Allen
  12. And I am very young; pray finish the formula – The Emancipated by George Gissing
  13. Had it been Mary or Helen the formula would have been simple. – Jeremy by Hugh Walpole
  14. " This is part of the formula for the administration of the oath," said Barker. – The Parson O' Dumford by George Manville Fenn
  15. 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
  16. There was nothing for it, it seemed, but the magic formula to move Anazeh. – Jimgrim and Allah's Peace by Talbot Mundy
  17. You know the formula 'It was said by them of old time. – The Marriage of William Ashe by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  18. 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
  19. 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