# mathematics

Syllabification: math·e·mat·icsPronunciation: /maTH(ə)ˈmadiks
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## Definition of *mathematics* in English:

### plural noun

[ usually treated as singular]

1The abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics may be studied in its own right (

**pure mathematics**), or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering (**applied mathematics**).
Example sentences

- He wrote on the history of mathematics and the philosophy of mathematics and science.
- This question is a perfect example of a problem in the branch of mathematics known as information theory.
- For example, in the history of mathematics, the concept of zero is rather late.

1.1

*The mathematical aspects of something:* [ often treated as plural] *the mathematics of general relativity*
More example sentences

- We thought that the latest attack might be thwarted by the machines' own faulty mathematics.
- Ruby was the person who had the mathematical ability and she did all the mathematics.
- The mathematics of counting then allow you to work out your winning chances, and how much your prize might be.

### Origin

late 16th century: plural of obsolete *mathematic* 'mathematics', from Old French *mathematique*, from Latin *(ars) mathematica* 'mathematical (art)', from Greek *mathēmatikē (tekhnē*), from the base of *manthanein* 'learn'.

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