# maths

[maths]

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## Origin of maths^{}

by shortening

## math^{1}

[math]

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## Origin of math^{1}

shortened form

## math^{2}

[math]

- a mowing.
- the crop mowed.

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## Origin of math^{2}

## math^{3}

[muhth]

- an order of Hindu monks.

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Also ma·tha [muhth-uh] /ˈmʌθ ə/.

## Origin of math^{3}

First recorded in 1825–35, math is from the Sanskrit word maṭha hut

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## Examples from the Web for maths

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### Historical Examples

#### It's very tiresome, for soon the other school insp. for maths.

A Young Girl's DiaryAn Anonymous Young Girl

#### Opal Earnshaw was fearfully angry that you beat her in maths.

A Fortunate TermAngela Brazil

#### The school insp. came yesterday, the old one who always comes for Maths.

A Young Girl's DiaryAn Anonymous Young Girl

#### The Nutling seems to give extraordinarily good reports, for twice in the Maths.

A Young Girl's DiaryAn Anonymous Young Girl

#### Im a Soph myself, by rights, if old Hammond hadnt marked me low in maths.

Tom Fairfield's SchooldaysAllen Chapman

## maths

- (functioning as singular) British informal short for mathematics US and Canadian equivalent: math

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## math

- US and Canadian informal short for mathematics Brit equivalent: maths

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## Word Origin and History for maths

### n.

see math.

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## math

### n.1

American English shortening of mathematics, 1890; the British preference, maths, is attested from 1911.

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## math

### n.2

"a mowing," Old English mæð "mowing, cutting of grass," from Proto-Germanic *mediz (cf. Old Frisian meth, Old High German mad, German Mahd "mowing, hay crop"), from PIE *me- "to cut down grass or grain with a sickle or scythe" (see mow).

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