mathematics

[ math-uh-mat-iks ]
/ ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪks /
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noun
(used with a singular verb) the systematic treatment of magnitude, relationships between figures and forms, and relations between quantities expressed symbolically.
(used with a singular or plural verb) mathematical procedures, operations, or properties.
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Origin ofmathematics

1350–1400; Middle English mathematic<Latin mathēmatica (ars) <Greek mathēmatikḕ (téchnē) scientific (craft), equivalent to mathēmat- (stem of máthēma) science, knowledge + -ikē, feminine of -ikos-ic; see -ics

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British Dictionary definitions for mathematics

mathematics
/ (ˌmæθəˈmætɪks, ˌmæθˈmæt-) /

noun
(functioning as singular) a group of related sciences, including algebra, geometry, and calculus, concerned with the study of number, quantity, shape, and space and their interrelationships by using a specialized notation
(functioning as singular or plural) mathematical operations and processes involved in the solution of a problem or study of some scientific field

Word Origin for mathematics

C14: mathematik (n), via Latin from Greek (adj), from mathēma a science, mathēmatikos (adj); related to manthanein to learn
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Scientific definitions for mathematics

mathematics
[ măth′ə-mătĭks ]

The study of the measurement, relationships, and properties of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols. Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus are branches of mathematics.