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# algorithm

[ **al**-g*uh*-ri*th*-*uh*m ]

## noun

*Mathematics.*a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, such as the Euclidean algorithm for finding the greatest common divisor.*Computers.*an ordered set of instructions recursively applied to transform data input into processed data output, such as a mathematical solution, search engine result, descriptive statistics, or predictive text suggestions.

algorithm

/ ˈælɡəˌrɪðəm /

## noun

- a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem Compare heuristic
- logic maths a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated

algorithm

/ ăl**′**gə-rĭth′əm /

- A finite set of unambiguous instructions performed in a prescribed sequence to achieve a goal, especially a mathematical rule or procedure used to compute a desired result. Algorithms are the basis for most computer programming.

algorithm

- A set of instructions for solving a problem, especially on a computer. An algorithm for finding your total grocery bill, for example, would direct you to add up the costs of individual items to find the total.

## Derived Forms

**ˌalgoˈrithmically**, adverb**ˌalgoˈrithmic**, adjective

## Other Words From

**al·go·rith·mic**[al-g, uh, -, rith, -mik], adjective

## Word History and Origins

Origin of algorithm^{1}

*Greek*

*arithmós*“number”; arithmetic ( def )

## Word History and Origins

Origin of algorithm^{1}

*arithmos*number

## Example Sentences

“Today we will learn the algorithm for receiving presents,” the instructor tells her students.

As long as that double-standard persists, no algorithm can fix its injustice.

Based on these results, the research group produced an emotion recognition algorithm.

It's leveraging its user base to make it more the algorithm more intelligent.

The biggest challenge for the Amiigo before its 2015 launch is perfecting the training portion of the algorithm.

The gnomes were slightly lewd-looking, and they were the product of a generative algorithm that varied each one.

Then the CAD people added an algorithm that would take the sensor data and generate random variations on the same basis.

Evolutionary algorithm used to produce a minimum-materials/maximum-strength chassis.

We still use the word algorithm in reference to calculations.

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