Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

diophantine equation

or Diophantine equation

See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Mathematics.
  1. an equation involving more than one variable in which the coefficients of the variables are integers and for which integral solutions are sought.
Show More

Origin of diophantine equation

1925–30; named after Diophantus, 3rd-century a.d. Greek mathematician; see -ine1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for diophantine equation

Diophantine equation

noun
  1. (in number theory) an equation in more than one variable and with integral coefficients, for which integral solutions are sought
Show More

Word Origin

C18: after Diophantus, Greek mathematician of the 3rd century ad
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

diophantine equation in Science

Diophantine equation

  1. A type of indeterminate equation in which the coefficients are integers, studied to determine all integral solutions.
Show More
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.