Definition of algorithm in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈalɡəˌriT͟Həm/


A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer: a basic algorithm for division
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  • Another arithmetical result presented by Brahmagupta is his algorithm for computing square roots.
  • This first step is here reduced to a simple algorithm suitable for computer use.
  • Mathematicians can use similar algorithms to generate fractals and other forms.



Pronunciation: /ˌalɡəˈriT͟Hmik/
Example sentences
  • The overall style of Gordan's mathematical work was algorithmic.
  • Joseph Culberson has a nice perspective on such theorems from an algorithmic point of view, and attempts to frame them in the context of complexity theory.
  • This factor is the primary justification for replacing the standard algorithmic procedure with an alternative one.


Pronunciation: /ˌalɡəˈriT͟Hmik(ə)lē/
Example sentences
  • And if there can be no proper theory, then the bit string is called algorithmically random or irreducible.
  • It is possible to formulate this process algorithmically using graphs and therefore to automate the method.
  • Because the computer can generate material algorithmically, it can respond to the user's choices in real-time.


Late 17th century: variant (influenced by Greek arithmos 'number') of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus. The Arabic source, al-Ḵwārizmī 'the man of Ḵwārizm' (now Khiva), was a name given to the 9th-century mathematician Abū Ja῾far Muhammad ibn Mūsa.

  • Algorithm initially meant the Arabic or decimal notation of numbers; it is a variant, influenced by Greek arithmos ‘number’, of Middle English algorism which came via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus. The Arabic source, al-kwārizmī ‘the man of Kwārizm’ (now Khiva), was an alternative name for the 9th-century mathematician Abū Ja'far Muhammad ibn Mūsa, author of widely translated works on algebra and arithmetic.

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Syllabification: al·go·rithm

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