# equation

[ih-kwey-zhuh n, -shuh n]

- 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.

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## Origin of equation^{}

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## Examples from the Web for equation

### Contemporary Examples

#### But vibrant industry requires solid infrastructure, which is where the Chinese government enters the equation.

#### Until that equation tips, individual Republicans may break ranks on gay rights, but the party remains a countercultural bastion.

#### “We want to take out those biases, those prejudices, out of the equation, to remove those barriers,” says Halfteck.

#### 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.Andrew Romano

April 18, 2014

#### The “calories in vs. calories out” equation for obtaining a lean physique can make this metric a major focus point.

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### Historical Examples

#### Every time Peter came into the equation her heart arose in his defense.

Her Father's DaughterGene Stratton-Porter

#### But for the other end of the equation I could speak authoritatively.

Her Father's DaughterGene Stratton-Porter

#### An equation expressing these facts will then have much value.

An Elementary Study of ChemistryWilliam McPherson

#### The extension of the government reserves changed the equation.

Brand BlottersWilliam MacLeod Raine

#### The equation seemed undisturbed, yet there was something wrong with it.

Eight Keys to EdenMark Irvin Clifton

## equation

- 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

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## Word Origin and History for equation

### n.

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.

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## equation

(ĭ-kwā′zhən)- 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.

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## equation

[ĭ-kwā′zhən]

- 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.

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## 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.

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