[syn: rule, formula]
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.
2. (Eccl.) A written confession of faith; a formal statement
3. (Math.) A rule or principle expressed in algebraic
language; as, the binominal formula.
4. (Med.) A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a
5. (Chem.) A symbolic expression (by means of letters,
figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement [syn:
2: directions for making something [syn: recipe, formula]
3: a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental
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,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
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.