What does Polynomial mean?

Definitions for Polynomial
ˌpɒl əˈnoʊ mi əlPoly·no·mi·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. polynomial, multinomial(adj)

    a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms

  2. polynomial, multinomial(adj)

    having the character of a polynomial

    "a polynomial expression"


  1. polynomial(Noun)

    An expression consisting of a sum of a finite number of terms, each term being the product of a constant coefficient and one or more variables raised to a non-negative integer power, such as .

  2. polynomial(Noun)

    A taxonomic designation (such as of a subspecies) consisting of more than two terms.

  3. polynomial(Adjective)

    Able to be described or limited by a polynomial.

  4. polynomial(Adjective)

    of a polynomial name or entity

  5. Origin: poly- + -nomial

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polynomial(noun)

    an expression composed of two or more terms, connected by the signs plus or minus; as, a2 - 2ab + b2

  2. Polynomial(adj)

    containing many names or terms; multinominal; as, the polynomial theorem

  3. Polynomial(adj)

    consisting of two or more words; having names consisting of two or more words; as, a polynomial name; polynomial nomenclature

  4. Origin: [Poly- + -nomial, as in monomial, binomial: cf. F. polynme.]


  1. Polynomial

    In mathematics, polynomials are the simplest class of mathematical expressions. A polynomial is an expression constructed from variables and constants, using only the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and non-negative integer exponents. However, the division by a constant is allowed, because the multiplicative inverse of a non-zero constant is also a constant. For example, x² − x/4 + 7 is a polynomial, but x² − 4/x + 7x3/2 is an algebraic expression that is not a polynomial, because its second term involves a division by the variable x, and also because its third term contains an exponent that is not a non-negative integer. A polynomial function is a function which is defined by a polynomial. Sometimes, the term polynomial is reserved for the polynomials that are explicitly written as a sum of terms involving only multiplications and exponentiation by non negative integer exponents. In this context, the other polynomials are called polynomial expressions. For example, is a polynomial expression that represents the same thing as the polynomial The term "polynomial", as an adjective, can also be used for quantities that can be expressed as a polynomial of some parameter, as in polynomial time, which is used in computational complexity theory.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Polynomial

    pol-i-nō′mi-al, n. an algebraic quantity of many names or terms—same as multinomial—also Pol′ynome.—adj. of many names or terms.—n. Polynō′mialism. [Gr. polys, many, L. nomen, a name.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Polynomial in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Polynomial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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