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Noun formula has 7 senses
  1. formula, expression - a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
    --1 is a kind of mathematical statement
    --1 has particulars: sentential function; primitive; exponential expression
    Derived form: verb formularize1
  2. recipe, formula - directions for making something
    --2 is a kind of direction, instruction
    Derived form: verb formulate4
  3. formula - a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental principle
    --3 is a kind of
    Derived forms: verb formulate2, verb formularize1
  4. formula, chemical formula - a representation of a substance using symbols for its constituent elements
    --4 is a kind of statement
    --4 has parts: chemical notation
    --4 has particulars: molecular formula; empirical formula
    Derived form: verb formularize1
  5. convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula - 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"
    --5 is a kind of practice
    --5 has particulars: mores; code of conduct, code of behavior
    Derived form: verb formularize1
  6. formula - a liquid food for infants
    --6 is a kind of
  7. rule, formula - (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"
    --7 is a kind of procedure, process
    --7 has particulars:
     metarule; algorithm, algorithmic rule, algorithmic program; heuristic, heuristic rule, heuristic program; recursion
    Derived forms: verb formulate4, verb formularize1
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