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[math-uh-mat-iks] /ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪks/
(used with a singular verb) the systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and relations between quantities expressed symbolically.
(used with a singular or plural verb) mathematical procedures, operations, or properties.
Origin of mathematics
1350-1400; Middle English mathematic < Latin mathēmatica (ars) < Greek mathēmatikḕ (téchnē) scientific (craft), equivalent to mathēmat- (stem of máthēma) science, knowledge + -ikē, feminine of -ikos -ic; see -ics Unabridged
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  • I was dreadfully dull at mathematics, but I wouldn't see it.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Taxation is a problem in mathematics and national economics.

    War Taxation Otto H. Kahn
  • Still, mathematics admit of other applications, as the Pythagoreans say, and we agree.

    The Republic Plato
  • But he has hitherto been unable to make the transition from mathematics to metaphysics.

    Theaetetus Plato
  • These, and music and mathematics, are the chief parts of his education.

    Laws Plato
British Dictionary definitions for mathematics


/ˌmæθəˈmætɪks; ˌmæθˈmæt-/
(functioning as sing) a group of related sciences, including algebra, geometry, and calculus, concerned with the study of number, quantity, shape, and space and their interrelationships by using a specialized notation
(functioning as singular or pl) mathematical operations and processes involved in the solution of a problem or study of some scientific field
Word Origin
C14: mathematik (n), via Latin from Greek (adj), from mathēma a science, mathēmatikos (adj); related to manthanein to learn
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Word Origin and History for mathematics

1580s, plural of mathematic (see -ics). Originally denoting the mathematical sciences collectively, including geometry, astronomy, optics.

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mathematics in Science
The study of the measurement, relationships, and properties of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus are branches of mathematics.
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mathematics in Culture

mathematics definition

The study of numbers, equations, functions, and geometric shapes (see geometry) and their relationships. Some branches of mathematics are characterized by use of strict proofs based on axioms. Some of its major subdivisions are arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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