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English noun: formula

1. formula (communication) a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement


Broader (hypernym)mathematical statement

Narrower (hyponym)exponential expression, primitive, sentential function

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

2. formula (communication) directions for making something


Broader (hypernym)direction, instruction

3. formula (communication) a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle

Broader (hypernym)statement

4. formula (communication) a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements

Synonymschemical formula

Broader (hypernym)statement

Narrower (hyponym)empirical formula, molecular formula

Part holonymchemical notation

5. formula (cognition) something regarded as a normative example

SamplesThe convention of not naming the main character.
Violence is the rule not the exception.
His formula for impressing visitors.

Synonymsconvention, normal, pattern, rule

Broader (hypernym)practice

Narrower (hyponym)code of behavior, code of conduct, mores, universal

6. formula (food) a liquid food for infants

Broader (hypernym)milk

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

SamplesHe determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs.
He gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials.


Broader (hypernym)procedure, process

Narrower (hyponym)algorithm, algorithmic program, algorithmic rule, heuristic, heuristic program, heuristic rule, metarule, recursion

Domain categorymath, mathematics, maths

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