Origin of algebra
Examples from the Web for algebra
What did those darned Muslims give us other than grammar and algebra?
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The arc of Hathahate is like one of those U-ish parabolas from algebra class.The Cult of Hathahaters: Will It Hurt Anne Hathaway’s Oscar Chances?|Kevin Fallon|January 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
To make the algebra work, each day had to have been twenty-two hours in length.How Long Is a Year? Is the Earth Slowing Down? And Other Questions About Time|Neil Shubin|January 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Quite appropriately, Moses received a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award in 1982 for his work with the Algebra Project.Tip for Horace Mann: Rename School Field for Former Teacher Robert Moses|Doug Schoen|June 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
After a morning spent at Latin, algebra, and chemistry, it seemed intolerable to be obliged to remain in the schoolroom.A Patriotic Schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
She went singing to her algebra, which she could not have done if it had not been snowing.The Green Satin Gown|Laura E. Richards
But it is time for me to get my algebra lesson, so I will close now.The Girl Warriors|Adene Williams
The boy from Texas dodged, and the algebra hit the wall behind him.The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch|Edward Stratemeyer
McBean grunted assent, and went about his work as methodically as if it were a sum in algebra.The Wing-and-Wing|J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for algebra
Word Origin for algebra
Word Origin and History for algebra
1550s, from Medieval Latin algebra, from Arabic al jebr "reunion of broken parts," as in computation, used 9c. by Baghdad mathematician Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi as the title of his famous treatise on equations ("Kitab al-Jabr w'al-Muqabala" "Rules of Reintegration and Reduction"), which also introduced Arabic numerals to the West. The accent shifted 17c. from second syllable to first. The word was used in English 15c.-16c. to mean "bone-setting," probably from Arab medical men in Spain.