- 1 [countable] (mathematics) a series of letters, numbers or symbols that represent a rule or law This formula is used to calculate the area of a circle.
- 2 [countable] (chemistry) letters and symbols that show the parts of a chemical compound, etc. CO is the formula for carbon monoxide. Wordfinderacid, catalyst, chemistry, compound, formula, molecule, pH, react, solution, valency
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[countable] a particular method of doing or achieving something They're trying to work out a
**peace formula**acceptable to both sides in the dispute. All the patients were interviewed according to a standard formula. formula for something/for doing something There's no**magic formula**for a perfect marriage. - 4 [countable] a list of the things that something is made from, giving the amount of each substance to use the secret formula for the blending of the whisky
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**formula milk**) [uncountable, countable] (especially North American English) a type of liquid food for babies, given instead of breast milk - 6[countable] a class of racing car, based on engine size, etc. Formula One™ racing
- 7[countable] a fixed form of words used in a particular situation legal formulae The minister keeps coming out with the same tired formulas. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘fixed form of words’): from Latin, diminutive of forma ‘shape, mould’.Extra examples Do you know the formula for finding the area of a circle? Each of his novels follows the same successful formula. No one has a magic formula for keeping youngsters away from crime. No one has yet come up with a successful peace formula. The government was forced to find a face-saving formula to cover its misjudgement. We think we might have hit on a winning formula. What is their formula for success? Why change a winning formula? The prime minister keeps coming out with the same tired formulas. What are the correct legal formulae for this kind of letter?

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BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjələ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjələ//

(pl. formulas, formulae BrE BrE//ˈfɔːmjəliː//; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrmjəliː//

) Formulae is used especially in scientific language.Check pronunciation: formula