# 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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## 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-măt′ĭks ]

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.

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## Cultural definitions for mathematics

mathematics

The study of numbers, equations, functions, and geometric shapes (see geometry) and their relationships. Some branches of mathematics are characterized by use of strict proofs based on axioms. Some of its major subdivisions are arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus.

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