# Fibonacci numbers

[ fee-boh-nah-chee ]SHOW IPA

/ ˌfi boʊˈnɑ tʃi /PHONETIC RESPELLING

### plural noun Mathematics.

the unending sequence 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, … where each term is defined as the sum of its two predecessors.

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## Origin of Fibonacci numbers

1890–95; after Leonardo Fibonacci, 13th-century Italian mathematician

Also called Fibonacci sequence.

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## British Dictionary definitions for fibonacci sequence

## Fibonacci sequence

### Fibonacci series

/ (ˌfɪbəˈnɑːtʃɪ) /

### noun

the infinite sequence of numbers, 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc, in which each member (Fibonacci number) is the sum of the previous two

## Word Origin for Fibonacci sequence

named after Leonardo Fibonacci

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## Science definitions for fibonacci sequence

## Fibonacci sequence

A sequence of numbers, such as 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 … , in which each successive number is equal to the sum of the two preceding numbers. Many shapes occurring in nature, such as certain spirals, have proportions that can be described in terms of the Fibonacci sequence. See also golden section.

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