the method or process of computation with figures: the most elementary branch of mathematics.
Also called higher arithmetic, the·o·ret·i·cal a·rith·me·tic [thee-uh-ret-i-kuhluh-rith-muh-tik] /ˌθi əˈrɛt ɪ kəl əˈrɪθ mə tɪk/ . the theory of numbers; the study of the divisibility of whole numbers, the remainders after division, etc.
a book on this subject.
Also arithmetical. of or relating to arithmetic.
- ar·ith·met·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·ar·ith·met·ic, adjective
- non·ar·ith·met·i·cal, adjective
- non·ar·ith·met·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·ar·ith·met·i·cal, adjective
- un·ar·ith·met·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use arithmetic in a sentence
After training, word2vec’s embeddings appeared to capture interesting semantic relationships between words that could be revealed through simple arithmetic operations on the vectors.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Raphaël Millière | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
These are tropes that mathematicians like to use, and I think they’re very alienating to people who, for one reason or other, did not learn about modular arithmetic in kindergarten.Conducting the Mathematical Orchestra From the Middle | Rachel Crowell | September 2, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Roth was able to show that after a finite number of such distillations, you have a set so dense that it must contain arithmetic progressions.
You could, for example, walk down the number line and keep every number that doesn’t complete an arithmetic progression.
You might wonder, though, if there are significantly denser number sets that still avoid arithmetic progressions.
Anything with the Count (Count von Count if you're inclined to be formal) taught numbers and basic arithmetic through songs.
The J-K shooting was simple enough, in that it was a matter of arithmetic logic that one of them was telling the truth.
NEW DELHI, India — Narendra Modi is to be the new prime minister of India, and the arithmetic of his victory is stunning.
Well, a simple arithmetic count of the “top 100” reveals that there were only 75 books!Why David Bowie’s Top 100 Books List Had Only 75 Books | Thomas Flynn | October 3, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
“The president has promised to change the arithmetic,” says Rothenberg.Obama Could Win in 2014 Midterms by Losing Legislative Battles Now | Eleanor Clift | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It fell into the three more or less isolated subjects of arithmetic, algebra and Euclid.The Salvaging Of Civilisation | H. G. (Herbert George) Wells
Up to this I had always imagined that I disliked everything in the shape of arithmetic.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The third introduces a man in old Colburn's arithmetic, driving his sheep or geese to market.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
He heard the arithmetic class reciting and learned that only things of the same denomination can be subtracted from each other.The Girls of Central High on the Stage | Gertrude W. Morrison
Suppose you send her up, Flora—you must want to go and draw or practice, and she may do her arithmetic here, or read to me.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for arithmetic
the branch of mathematics concerned with numerical calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
one or more calculations involving numerical operations
knowledge of or skill in using arithmetic: his arithmetic is good
of, relating to, or using arithmetic
- arithmetically, adverb
- arithmetician, noun
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Scientific definitions for arithmetic
The mathematics of integers, rational numbers, real numbers, or complex numbers under the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
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