[ noh-tey-shuhn ]
/ noʊˈteɪ ʃən /


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

1560–70; <Latin notātiōn- (stem of notātiō) a marking, equivalent to notāt(us) (past participle of notāre to note) + -iōn--ion

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British Dictionary definitions for notation

/ (nəʊˈteɪʃən) /


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
  1. the act of noting down
  2. a note or record

Derived forms of notation

notational, adjective

Word Origin for notation

C16: from Latin notātiō a marking, from notāre to note
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