- the method or process of computation with figures: the most elementary branch of mathematics.
- Also called higher arithmetic, theoretical arithmetic. the theory of numbers; the study of the divisibility of whole numbers, the remainders after division, etc.
- a book on this subject.
- Also ar·ith·met·i·cal. of or relating to arithmetic.
Origin of arithmetic
Examples from the Web for arithmetically
Historical Examples of arithmetically
His deduction was arithmetically, but not bibliographically, accurate.The Confessions of a Collector
William Carew Hazlitt
Consider, I beg of you, arithmetically, what this fact means.Time and Tide by Weare and Tyne
Surely that, arithmetically speaking, is the position in which ciphers are most powerful.
But the man cannot be the representative of a class, that is clear: it is physically and arithmetically impossible.The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh: The Irish Sketch Book
William Makepeace Thackeray
Arithmetically this work belongs in the first or second years of learning.The Psychology of Arithmetic
Edward L. Thorndike
- 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 arithmetichis arithmetic is good
- of, relating to, or using arithmetic
Word Origin for arithmetic
mid-13c., arsmetike, from Old French arsmetique (12c.), from Latin arithmetica, from Greek arithmetike (tekhne) "(the) counting (art)," fem. of arithmetikos "of or for reckoning, arithmetical," from arithmos "number, counting, amount," from PIE root *re(i)- "to reason, count" (cf. Old English, Old High German rim "number;" Old Irish rim "number," dorimu "I count;" Latin ritus "religious custom;" see read).
Originally in English also arsmetrik, on folk etymology from Medieval Latin ars metrica; spelling corrected early 16c. Replaced native tælcræft, literally "tell-craft."
- The mathematics of integers, rational numbers, real numbers, or complex numbers under the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.