imaginary number


noun Mathematics.

Also called imaginary, pure imaginary number. a complex number having its real part equal to zero.

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Origin of imaginary number

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for imaginary number

imaginary number

noun

any complex number of the form i b, where i = √–1
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Scientific definitions for imaginary number

imaginary number
[ ĭ-măjə-nĕr′ē ]

A type of complex number in which the multiple of i (the square root of -1) is not equal to zero. Examples of imaginary numbers include 4i and 2 - 3i, but not 3 + 0i (which is just 3). See more at complex number.
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