polynomial
[ poluhnohmeeuh l ]
/ ˌpɒl əˈnoʊ mi əl /

adjective
consisting of or characterized by two or more names or terms.
noun
Algebra.
 (in one variable) an expression consisting of the sum of two or more terms each of which is the product of a constant and a variable raised to an integral power: ax2 + bx + c is a polynomial, where a, b, and c are constants and x is a variable.
 a similar expression in more than one variable, as 4x2y3 − 3xy + 5x + 7.
 Now Rare.Also called multinomial. any expression consisting of the sum of two or more terms, as 4x3 + cos x.
a polynomial name or term.
Biology. a species name containing more than two terms.
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Origin of polynomial
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Examples from the Web for polynomial
This polynomial expression was shortened by Linnæus to Zeus faber.
A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)David Starr JordanBut the polynomial method as a system was of short duration.
A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)David Starr JordanThe two dots at the end are frequently omitted when the part affected includes all the terms of the polynomial to the end.
William OughtredFlorian CajoriThe last case arises when we consider the finite values of z for which the polynomial coefficient of sn vanishes.
British Dictionary definitions for polynomial
polynomial
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈnəʊmɪəl) /
adjective
of, consisting of, or referring to two or more names or terms
noun
 a mathematical expression consisting of a sum of terms each of which is the product of a constant and one or more variables raised to a positive or zero integral power. For one variable, x, the general form is given by: a 0 x n + a 1 x n –1 + … + a n –1 x + a n, where a 0, a 1, etc, are real numbers
 Also called: multinomial any mathematical expression consisting of the sum of a number of terms
biology a taxonomic name consisting of more than two terms, such as Parus major minor in which minor designates the subspecies
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Science definitions for polynomial
polynomial
[ pŏl′ēnō′mēəl ]
An algebraic expression that is the sum of two or more monomials. The expressions x2  4 and 5x4 + 2x3  x + 7 are both polynomials.
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