- the act of equating or making equal; equalization: the symbolic equation of darkness with death.
- equally balanced state; equilibrium.
- Mathematics. an expression or a proposition, often algebraic, asserting the equality of two quantities.
- 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
Examples from the Web for equation
But vibrant industry requires solid infrastructure, which is where the Chinese government enters the equation.'Made in China' Now Being Made in Africa
August 23, 2014
Until that equation tips, individual Republicans may break ranks on gay rights, but the party remains a countercultural bastion.Red America’s Anti-Gay Backlash
June 15, 2014
“We want to take out those biases, those prejudices, out of the equation, to remove those barriers,” says Halfteck.How the Hiring Process Marginalizes Candidates on the Autism Spectrum
May 23, 2014
Sadly, the “small room” part of that equation seems to have been a one-time thing.Beck’s Musical Time Machine: This Wasn’t a Concert. It was a Spectacular Party.
April 18, 2014
The “calories in vs. calories out” equation for obtaining a lean physique can make this metric a major focus point.How to Better Use Your Data
January 8, 2014
Every time Peter came into the equation her heart arose in his defense.
But for the other end of the equation I could speak authoritatively.
An equation expressing these facts will then have much value.An Elementary Study of Chemistry
The extension of the government reserves changed the equation.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
The equation seemed undisturbed, yet there was something wrong with it.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
- 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)
- the act of regarding as equal; equating
- the act of making equal or balanced; equalization
- a situation, esp one regarded as having a number of conflicting elementswhat you want doesn't come into the equation
- the state of being equal, equivalent, or equally balanced
- a situation or problem in which a number of factors need to be considered
- See chemical equation
- astronomy See personal equation
Word Origin and History for equation
late 14c., a term in astrology; meaning "action of making equal" is from 1650s; mathematical sense is from 1560s, on notion of equalizing the expressions; from Latin aequationem (nominative aequatio) "an equal distribution, community," from past participle stem of aequare (see equal (adj.)). Chemistry sense is from 1807.
- A statement asserting the equality of two mathematical expressions, usually written as a linear array of symbols that are separated into left and right sides and are joined by an equal sign.
- A representation of a chemical reaction, usually written as a linear array in which the symbols and quantities of the reactants are separated from those of the products by an equal sign, arrow, or set of opposing arrows.
- 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.
- 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.
An expression of equality between two formulas in mathematics. The two formulas are written with an equal sign between them: 2 + 2 = 4 is an equation, as is E = mc2.