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 for formula
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Formula \For"mu*la\, n.; pl. E. Formulas, L. Formul[ae].
     [L., dim. of forma form, model. See{Form, n.]
     1. A prescribed or set form; an established rule; a fixed or
        conventional method in which anything is to be done,
        arranged, or said.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. (Eccl.) A written confession of faith; a formal statement
        of foctrines.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. (Math.) A rule or principle expressed in algebraic
        language; as, the binominal formula.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     4. (Med.) A prescription or recipe for the preparation of a
        medicinal compound.
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     5. (Chem.) A symbolic expression (by means of letters,
        figures, etc.) of the constituents or constitution of a
        compound.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: Chemical formul[ae] consist of the abbreviations of the
           names of the elements, with a small figure at the lower
           right hand, to denote the number of atoms of each
           element contained.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     Empirical formula (Chem.), an expression which gives the
        simple proportion of the constituents; as, the empirical
        formula of acetic acid is C2H4O2.
  
     Graphic formula, Rational formula (Chem.), an expression
        of the constitution, and in a limited sense of the
        structure, of a compound, by the grouping of its atoms or
        radicals; as, a rational formula of acetic acid is
        CH3.(C:O).OH; -- called also structural formula,
        constitutional formula, etc. See also the formula of
        Benzene nucleus, under Benzene.
  
     Molecular formula (Chem.), a formula indicating the
        supposed molecular constitution of a compound.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  formula
      n 1: a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement [syn:
           formula, expression]
      2: directions for making something [syn: recipe, formula]
      3: a conventionalized statement expressing some fundamental
         principle
      4: a representation of a substance using symbols for its
         constituent elements [syn: formula, chemical formula]
      5: 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" [syn:
         convention, normal, pattern, rule, formula]
      6: a liquid food for infants
      7: (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" [syn: rule, formula]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  158 Moby Thesaurus words for "formula":
     MO, Procrustean law, a priori truth, act, addend, antilogarithm,
     argument, axiom, base, bill, binomial, blueprint, brocard, bylaw,
     canon, ceremonial, ceremony, characteristic, code, coefficient,
     combination, commandment, complement, congruence, constant,
     convention, cosine, cotangent, criterion, cube, decimal, decree,
     denominator, derivative, determinant, dictate, dictation, dictum,
     difference, differential, directions, discriminate, dividend,
     divisor, duty, e, edict, enactment, equation, exponent,
     exponential, factor, form, form of worship, formality, formulary,
     function, general principle, golden rule, guideline,
     guiding principle, holy rite, i, imperative, increment, index,
     institution, instructions, integral, jus, law, law of nature,
     legislation, lex, liturgy, matrix, maxim, means, measure, method,
     minuend, mitzvah, mode of worship, modus operandi, moral, multiple,
     multiplier, mystery, norm, norma, numerator, observance, office,
     order of nature, order of worship, ordinance, ordonnance,
     parameter, pattern, permutation, pi, polynomial, postulate, power,
     practice, prescribed form, prescript, prescription, principium,
     principle, procedure, proposition, quaternion, quotient, radical,
     radix, receipt, recipe, reciprocal, regulation, remainder, rite,
     ritual, ritual observance, rituality, root, rubric, rule, ruling,
     sacrament, sacramental, secant, self-evident truth, service,
     set form, settled principle, sine, solemnity, standard,
     standing order, statute, submultiple, subtrahend, tangent,
     technique, tenet, tensor, theorem, truism, truth, universal law,
     universal truth, variable, vector, versine, way, working principle,
     working rule
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  formula
  
     1. In logic, a sequence of symbols representing terms,
     predicates, connectives and quantifiers which is either
     true or false.
  
     2.  FORTH Music Language.  An extension of
     FORTH with concurrent note-playing processes.  Runs on
     Macintosh and Atari ST with MIDI output.
  
     ["Formula: A Programming Language for Expressive Computer
     Music", D.P. Anderson et al Computer 24(7):12 (Jul 1991)].
  
     3. Preprocessor language for the Acorn Archimedes, allowing
     inline high-level statements to be entered in an assembly
     program.  Written in nawk.
  

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