What does Mathematics mean?

Definitions for Mathematics
ˌmæθ əˈmæt ɪksmath·e·mat·ics

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. mathematics, math, mathsnoun

    a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement


  1. mathematicsnoun

    An abstract representational system used in the study of numbers, shapes, structure and change and the relationships between these concepts.

  2. mathematicsnoun

    A person's ability to count, calculate, and use different systems of mathematics at differing levels.


  1. Mathematics

    Mathematics is an area of knowledge that includes the topics of numbers, formulas and related structures, shapes and the spaces in which they are contained, and quantities and their changes. These topics are represented in modern mathematics with the major subdisciplines of number theory, algebra, geometry, and analysis, respectively. There is no general consensus among mathematicians about a common definition for their academic discipline. Most mathematical activity involves the discovery of properties of abstract objects and the use of pure reason to prove them. These objects consist of either abstractions from nature or—in modern mathematics—entities that are stipulated to have certain properties, called axioms. A proof consists of a succession of applications of deductive rules to already established results. These results include previously proved theorems, axioms, and—in case of abstraction from nature—some basic properties that are considered true starting points of the theory under consideration.Mathematics is essential in the natural sciences, engineering, medicine, finance, computer science and the social sciences. Although mathematics is extensively used for modeling phenomena, the fundamental truths of mathematics are independent from any scientific experimentation. Some areas of mathematics, such as statistics and game theory, are developed in close correlation with their applications and are often grouped under applied mathematics. Other areas are developed independently from any application (and are therefore called pure mathematics), but often later find practical applications. The problem of integer factorization, for example, which goes back to Euclid in 300 BC, had no practical application before its use in the RSA cryptosystem, now widely used for the security of computer networks. Historically, the concept of a proof and its associated mathematical rigour first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since its beginning, mathematics was essentially divided into geometry and arithmetic (the manipulation of natural numbers and fractions), until the 16th and 17th centuries, when algebra and infinitesimal calculus were introduced as new areas. Since then, the interaction between mathematical innovations and scientific discoveries has led to a rapid lockstep increase in the development of both. At the end of the 19th century, the foundational crisis of mathematics led to the systematization of the axiomatic method, which heralded a dramatic increase in the number of mathematical areas and their fields of application. The contemporary Mathematics Subject Classification lists more than 60 first-level areas of mathematics.


  1. mathematics

    Mathematics is a field of study that involves the properties and relationships of numbers, quantities, shapes, and patterns. It uses specialized notation and symbolic language to explore abstract concepts as well as practical problem solving. Its main branches include arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and calculus, and it serves as the foundational basis for many other scientific and engineering disciplines.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mathematicsnoun

    that science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed; the science of spatial and quantitative relations

  2. Etymology: [F. mathmatiques, pl., L. mathematica, sing., Gr. (sc. ) science. See Mathematic, and -ics.]


  1. Mathematics

    Mathematics is the abstract study of quantity, structure, space, change, and many other topics. It has no generally accepted definition. Mathematicians seek out patterns and formulate new conjectures. Mathematicians resolve the truth or falsity of conjectures by mathematical proof. When mathematical structures are good models of real phenomena, then mathematical reasoning can provide insight or predictions about nature. Through the use of abstraction and logic, mathematics developed from counting, calculation, measurement, and the systematic study of the shapes and motions of physical objects. Practical mathematics has been a human activity for as far back as written records exist. The research required to solve mathematical problems can take years or even centuries of sustained inquiry. Rigorous arguments first appeared in Greek mathematics, most notably in Euclid's Elements. Since the pioneering work of Giuseppe Peano, David Hilbert, and others on axiomatic systems in the late 19th century, it has become customary to view mathematical research as establishing truth by rigorous deduction from appropriately chosen axioms and definitions. Mathematics developed at a relatively slow pace until the Renaissance, when mathematical innovations interacting with new scientific discoveries led to a rapid increase in the rate of mathematical discovery that has continued to the present day.

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. mathematics

    A tentative agreement that two and two make four.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Mathematics

    The deductive study of shape, quantity, and dependence. (From McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms, 6th ed)

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. mathematics

    The science which treats of every kind of quantity that can be numbered or measured.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. mathematics

    That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between the quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed. It is usually divided into pure, which considers magnitude or quantity abstractly, without relation to matter; and mixed, which treats of magnitude as subsisting in material bodies, and is consequently interwoven with physical considerations; and to this branch may be referred astronomy, geography, hydrography, hydrostatics, mechanics, fortification, gunnery, mining, and engineering. The knowledge of military mathematics is applicable to all the operations of war, where everything consists in proportion, measure, and motion, bringing into play the several important sciences already enumerated, a certain proficiency in most of which is absolutely requisite to the formation of a good and skillful officer.

Editors Contribution

  1. mathematics

    A known subject and science.

    Mathematics is known and used globally.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 6, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mathematics' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4548

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Mathematics' in Nouns Frequency: #1868

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mathematics in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Mathematics in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Mathematics in a Sentence

  1. Dirk Struik, A Concise History of Mathematics, vol. I:

    Mathematics is a vast adventure in ideas; its history reflects some of the noblest thoughts of countless generations.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    I lose faith in mathematics, logical and rigid. What with those that even zero doesn’t accept?

  3. Herbert Westren Turnbull:

    Mathematics transfigures the fortuitous concourse of atoms into the tracery of the finger of God.

  4. The California board:

    The belief that 'I treat everyone the same' is insufficient: Active efforts in mathematics teaching are required in order to counter the cultural forces that have led to and continue to perpetuate current inequities.

  5. Francis Bacon:

    Histories make men wise poets, witty the mathematics, subtle natural philosophy, deep moral, grave logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

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