or Diophantine equation
an equation involving more than one variable in which the coefficients of the variables are integers and for which integral solutions are sought.
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Origin of diophantine equation
1925–30; named after Diophantus, 3rd-century a.d. Greek mathematician; see -ine1
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British Dictionary definitions for diophantine equation
/ (ˌdaɪəʊˈfæntaɪn) /
(in number theory) an equation in more than one variable and with integral coefficients, for which integral solutions are sought
Word Origin for Diophantine equation
C18: after Diophantus, Greek mathematician of the 3rd century ad
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Science definitions for diophantine equation
A type of indeterminate equation in which the coefficients are integers, studied to determine all integral solutions.
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