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1 (plural formulas or formulae /-ˌlē, -ˌlī/) a mathematical relationship or rule expressed in symbols. 2 (plural formulas) a fixed form of words, especially one used in particular contexts or as a conventional usage:a legal formula a method, statement, or procedure for achieving something, especially reconciling different aims or positions:the forlorn hope of finding a peace formula a rule or style unintelligently or slavishly followed: [as modifier]:one of those formula tunes a statement that formally enunciates a religious doctrine. a stock epithet, phrase, or line repeated for various effects in literary composition, especially epic poetry. 3 (plural formulas) a list of ingredients for or constituents of something:the soft drink company closely guards its secret formula a formulation:an original coal tar formula that helps prevent dandruff an infant’s liquid food preparation based on cow’s milk or soy protein, given as a substitute for breast milk. 4(usually followed by a number) a classification of race car, especially by engine capacity.