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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.

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

    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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  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. Link Starbureiy:

    Mathematics is an ambiguous way to prove or disprove ideal behaviors of objects.

  2. Link Starbureiy:

    All I hear is mathematics. All I see is music.

  3. Alfred North Whitehead, N. Rose Mathematical Maxims and Minims, Raleigh NC:Rome Press Inc., 1988.:

    Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings.

  4. Robert Heilbroner:

    Mathematics has given economics rigor, but alas, also mortis.

  5. Jessica Cantlon:

    We looked at which areas of the brain respond more strongly to mathematics content in the videos and tasks, compared to non-math content like reading or the alphabet. So you can define the math network that way by looking at regions that respond more strongly.

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