# Meaning of formula in English

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## Noun

formula### Etymology

early 17th century (in the sense ‘fixed form of words’): from Latin, diminutive of forma‘shape, mold’### Definitions

1. a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement#### Derived terms

- 2. directions for making something
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- 3. a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle
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- 4. a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements
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- 5. something regarded as a normative example
#### Examples

- « the convention of not naming the main character »
- « violence is the rule not the exception »
- « his formula for impressing visitors »

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- 6. a liquid food for infants
- 7. (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems
#### Examples

- « he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs »
- « he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials »

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## Famous quotes

- « 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
- « A lot of people think Formula One isn't a sport because everyone drives a car when they go to work in the morning. But we're pulling up to six G on a corner or during breaking, which is almost like being a fighter pilot. So we have to do a lot of work on our neck muscles. » Jenson Button
- « A monopoly on the means of communication may define a ruling elite more precisely than the celebrated Marxian formula of monopoly in the means of production. » Robert Anton Wilson
- « The logic of Palladian architecture presented an aesthetic formula which could be applied universally. » Stephen Gardiner
- « I failed to fulfill what should have been an interesting role. I couldn't take their formula and bring what I had, my humor, my ideas, and make it my own. » Dianne Wiest