- a system of graphic symbols for a specialized use, other than ordinary writing: musical notation.
- the process or method of noting or setting down by means of a special system of signs or symbols.
- the act of noting, marking, or setting down in writing.
- a note, jotting, or record; annotation: notations in the margin.
Origin of notation
Examples from the Web for notation
The tightly patterned organization of the notation is a “very strange find” and appears too careful to be a document draft.New Mayan Discovery: The World Isn’t Ending!
May 10, 2012
A tiny spot almost on their course, with Mado's minute notation.
Make a notation, with chalk, of the gravity of each cell each morning.The Automobile Storage Battery
O. A. Witte
Notae was more often used, and it finally gave the name to notation.The Hindu-Arabic Numerals
David Eugene Smith
Scholar Phelps waited patiently until I'd made the notation.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
You'll find every notation in the log accurate to the yard or the second.Blow The Man Down
- any series of signs or symbols used to represent quantities or elements in a specialized system, such as music or mathematics
- the act or process of notating
- the act of noting down
- a note or record
Word Origin and History for notation
1560s, "explanation of a term," from Middle French notation and directly from Latin notationem (nominative notatio) "a marking, notation, designation; etymology; shorthand; explanation," noun of action from past participle stem of notare "to note" (see note (v.)). Meaning "note, annotation" is from 1580s. Meaning "system of representing numbers or quantities by signs or symbols" is attested from 1706. Related: Notational.