# equation

[ ih-kwey-zhuhn, -shuhn ]
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noun
1. the act of equating or making equal; equalization: the symbolic equation of darkness with death.

2. equally balanced state; equilibrium.

1. Mathematics. an expression or a proposition, often algebraic, asserting the equality of two quantities.

2. Also called chemical equation .Chemistry. a symbolic representation showing the kind and amount of the starting materials and products of a reaction.

## Origin of equation

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin aequātiōn- (stem of aequātiō) an equalizing. See equate, -ion

## Other words from equation

• non·e·qua·tion, noun

## Words Nearby equation

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## British Dictionary definitions for equation

equation

/ (ɪˈkweɪʒən, -ʃən) /

noun
1. a mathematical statement that two expressions are equal: it is either an identity in which the variables can assume any value, or a conditional equation in which the variables have only certain values (roots)

2. the act of regarding as equal; equating

1. the act of making equal or balanced; equalization

2. a situation, esp one regarded as having a number of conflicting elements: what you want doesn't come into the equation

3. the state of being equal, equivalent, or equally balanced

4. a situation or problem in which a number of factors need to be considered

5. astronomy See personal equation

## Derived forms of equation

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## Scientific definitions for equation

equation

[ ĭ-kwāzhən ]

1. Mathematics A written statement indicating the equality of two expressions. It consists of a sequence of symbols that is split into left and right sides joined by an equal sign. For example, 2 + 3 + 5 = 10 is an equation.

2. Chemistry A written representation of a chemical reaction, in which the symbols and amounts of the reactants are separated from those of the products by an equal sign, arrow, or a set of opposing arrows. For example, Ca(OH)2 + H2SO4 = CaSO4 + 2H2O, is an equation.