1. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement;

[syn:

2. directions for making something;

[syn: recipe,

3. a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle;

4. a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements;

[syn:

5. something regarded as a normative example;

- Example: "the convention of not naming the main character"

- Example: "violence is the rule not the exception"

- Example: "his formula for impressing visitors"

[syn: convention, normal, pattern, rule,

6. a liquid food for infants;

7. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems;

- Example: "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"

- Example: "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"

[syn: rule,

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Formula \For"mu*la\, n.; pl. E. Formulas, L. Formul[ae]. [L., dim. of forma form, model. SeeForm, n.] 1. A prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or conventional method in which anything is to be done, arranged, or said. [1913 Webster] 2. (Eccl.) A written confession of faith; a formal statement of foctrines. [1913 Webster] 3. (Math.) A rule or principle expressed in algebraic language; as, the binominal formula. [1913 Webster] 4. (Med.) A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a medicinal compound. [1913 Webster] 5. (Chem.) A symbolic expression (by means of letters, figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a compound. [1913 Webster] Note: Chemical formul[ae] consist of the abbreviations of the names of the elements, with a small figure at the lower right hand, to denote the number of atoms of each element contained. [1913 Webster] Empirical formula (Chem.), an expression which gives the simple proportion of the constituents; as, the empirical formula of acetic acid is C2H4O2. Graphic formula, Rational formula (Chem.), an expression of the constitution, and in a limited sense of the structure, of a compound, by the grouping of its atoms or radicals; as, a rational formula of acetic acid is CH3.(C:O).OH; -- called also structural formula, constitutional formula, etc. See also the formula of Benzene nucleus, under Benzene. Molecular formula (Chem.), a formula indicating the supposed molecular constitution of a compound. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

formula n 1: a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement [syn: formula, expression] 2: directions for making something [syn: recipe, formula] 3: a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle 4: a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements [syn: formula, chemical formula] 5: 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" [syn: convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula] 6: a liquid food for infants 7: (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" [syn: rule, formula]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

158 Moby Thesaurus words for "formula": MO, Procrustean law, a priori truth, act, addend, antilogarithm, argument, axiom, base, bill, binomial, blueprint, brocard, bylaw, canon, ceremonial, ceremony, characteristic, code, coefficient, combination, commandment, complement, congruence, constant, convention, cosine, cotangent, criterion, cube, decimal, decree, denominator, derivative, determinant, dictate, dictation, dictum, difference, differential, directions, discriminate, dividend, divisor, duty, e, edict, enactment, equation, exponent, exponential, factor, form, form of worship, formality, formulary, function, general principle, golden rule, guideline, guiding principle, holy rite, i, imperative, increment, index, institution, instructions, integral, jus, law, law of nature, legislation, lex, liturgy, matrix, maxim, means, measure, method, minuend, mitzvah, mode of worship, modus operandi, moral, multiple, multiplier, mystery, norm, norma, numerator, observance, office, order of nature, order of worship, ordinance, ordonnance, parameter, pattern, permutation, pi, polynomial, postulate, power, practice, prescribed form, prescript, prescription, principium, principle, procedure, proposition, quaternion, quotient, radical, radix, receipt, recipe, reciprocal, regulation, remainder, rite, ritual, ritual observance, rituality, root, rubric, rule, ruling, sacrament, sacramental, secant, self-evident truth, service, set form, settled principle, sine, solemnity, standard, standing order, statute, submultiple, subtrahend, tangent, technique, tenet, tensor, theorem, truism, truth, universal law, universal truth, variable, vector, versine, way, working principle, working ruleThe Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):

formula 1. In logic, a sequence of symbols representing terms, predicates, connectives and quantifiers which is either true or false. 2.FORTH Music Language. An extension of FORTH with concurrent note-playing processes. Runs on Macintosh and Atari ST with MIDI output. ["Formula: A Programming Language for Expressive Computer Music", D.P. Anderson et al Computer 24(7):12 (Jul 1991)]. 3. Preprocessor language for the Acorn Archimedes, allowing inline high-level statements to be entered in an assembly program. Written in nawk.