[ kwo-drat-iks ]
/ kwɒˈdræt ɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the branch of algebra that deals with quadratic equations.

Origin of quadratics

First recorded in 1675–85; see origin at quadratic, -ics

Definition for quadratics (2 of 2)

[ kwo-drat-ik ]
/ kwɒˈdræt ɪk /


Algebra. involving the square and no higher power of the unknown quantity; of the second degree.


a quadratic polynomial or equation.

Origin of quadratic

First recorded in 1650–60; quadrate + -ic


quad·rat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quadratics

/ (kwɒˈdrætɪk) maths /


Also called: quadratic equation an equation containing one or more terms in which the variable is raised to the power of two, but no terms in which it is raised to a higher power


of or relating to the second power
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Scientific definitions for quadratics

[ kwŏ-drătĭk ]

Relating to a mathematical expression containing a term of the second degree, such as x2 + 2.♦ A quadratic equation is an equation having the general form ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a, b, and c are constants.♦ The quadratic formula is x = -b ± √(b2 - 4ac)/2a. It is used in algebra to calculate the roots of quadratic equations.
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