Definition of mathematics in English:

mathematics

Syllabification: math·e·mat·ics
Pronunciation: /maTH(ə)ˈmatiks
 
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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).
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    • 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 [often treated as plural] The mathematical aspects of something: the mathematics of general relativity
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    • 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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