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formula

noun uk   /ˈfɔː.mjʊ.lə/ us    /ˈfɔːr-/ (plural formulas or formulae)

formula noun (METHOD/RULE)

C1 [C] a standard or accepted way of doing or making something : We have changed the formula of the washing powder. There's no magic formula for success. [C] a mathematical rule expressed in a set of numbers and letters: He developed a formula for calculating the area of a triangle.

formula noun (IN CHEMISTRY)

a series of letters and symbols that show what substances make up a particular chemical element or compound : We had to learn chemical formulae at school, but I can only remember H2O for water.

formula noun (BABY'S MILK)

[U] artificial milk that can be given to babies instead of milk from their mother
(Definition of formula from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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