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# equation

[ih-kwey-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ɪˈkweɪ ʒən, -ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of equating or making equal; equalization:
the symbolic equation of darkness with death.
2.
equally balanced state; equilibrium.
3.
Mathematics. an expression or a proposition, often algebraic, asserting the equality of two quantities.
4.
Also called chemical equation. Chemistry. a symbolic representation showing the kind and amount of the starting materials and products of a reaction.
Origin of equation
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin aequātiōn- (stem of aequātiō) an equalizing. See equate, -ion
Related forms
nonequation, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for non-equation

## equation

/ɪˈkweɪʒən; -ʃən/
noun
1.
a mathematical statement that two expressions are equal: it is either an identity in which the variables can assume any value, or a conditional equation in which the variables have only certain values (roots)
2.
the act of regarding as equal; equating
3.
the act of making equal or balanced; equalization
4.
a situation, esp one regarded as having a number of conflicting elements: what you want doesn't come into the equation
5.
the state of being equal, equivalent, or equally balanced
6.
a situation or problem in which a number of factors need to be considered
7.
8.
(astronomy) See personal equation
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Word Origin and History for non-equation

## equation

n.

late 14c., a term in astrology; meaning "action of making equal" is from 1650s; mathematical sense is from 1560s, on notion of equalizing the expressions; from Latin aequationem (nominative aequatio) "an equal distribution, community," from past participle stem of aequare (see equal (adj.)). Chemistry sense is from 1807.

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non-equation in Medicine

equation e·qua·tion (ĭ-kwā'zhən, -shən)
n.

1. A statement asserting the equality of two mathematical expressions, usually written as a linear array of symbols that are separated into left and right sides and are joined by an equal sign.

2. A representation of a chemical reaction, usually written as a linear array in which the symbols and quantities of the reactants are separated from those of the products by an equal sign, an arrow, or a set of opposing arrows.

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non-equation in Science
 equation   (ĭ-kwā'zhən)    Mathematics A written statement indicating the equality of two expressions. It consists of a sequence of symbols that is split into left and right sides joined by an equal sign. For example, 2 + 3 + 5 = 10 is an equation.Chemistry A written representation of a chemical reaction, in which the symbols and amounts of the reactants are separated from those of the products by an equal sign, arrow, or a set of opposing arrows. For example, Ca(OH)2 + H2SO4 = CaSO4 + 2H2O, is an equation.
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non-equation in Culture

### equation definition

An expression of equality between two formulas in mathematics. The two formulas are written with an equal sign between them: 2 + 2 = 4 is an equation, as is E = mc2.

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