# algorism

[al-guh-riz-uh m]

- 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.
- algorithm.

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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 khwārizm Khiva + -ī suffix of appurtenance; replacing Middle English augrim, algrim < Middle French < Medieval Latin

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#### In arithmetic he was influential in spreading the ideas of algorism.

The Hindu-Arabic NumeralsDavid Eugene Smith

#### Algorism, al′go-rizm, n. the Arabic system of numeration: arithmetic.

## algorism

- the Arabic or decimal system of counting
- the skill of computation using any system of numerals
- another name for algorithm

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## Word Origin

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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