[ al-guh-riz-uhm ]
/ ˈæl gəˌrɪz əm /
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noun Mathematics Now Rare.
the Arabic system of arithmetical notation (with the figures 1, 2, 3, etc.).
the art of computation with the Arabic figures, one to nine, plus the zero; arithmetic.
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Origin of algorism
1200–1250; <Medieval Latin algorismus<Arabic al the + kh(u)wārizmī (surname of a 9th-century Muslim mathematician), equivalent to khwārizmKhiva + -ī suffix of appurtenance; replacing Middle English augrim, algrim<Middle French <Medieval Latin
OTHER WORDS FROM algorismal·go·ris·mic, adjective
Words nearby algorism
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Example sentences from the Web for algorism
Algorism, al′go-rizm, n. the Arabic system of numeration: arithmetic.
In arithmetic he was influential in spreading the ideas of algorism.
So the abacus held the field for a long time, even against the new algorism employing the new numerals.
British Dictionary definitions for algorism
/ (ˈælɡəˌrɪzəm) /
the Arabic or decimal system of counting
the skill of computation using any system of numerals
another name for algorithm
Derived forms of algorismalgorismic, adjective
Word Origin for algorism
C13: from Old French algorisme, from Medieval Latin algorismus, from Arabic al-khuwārizmi, from the name of abu-Ja`far Mohammed ibn-Mūsa al-Khuwārizmi, ninth-century Persian mathematician
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