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polynomial

Syllabification: pol·y·no·mi·al
Pronunciation: /ˌpäləˈnōmēəl
 
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Definition of polynomial in English:

adjective

Consisting of several terms.
Example sentences
  • Plants and animals were given long, polynomial Latin names.
  • The idea was that this trivial name would be easy to. remember and would trigger the memory of the plant's 'correct' polynomial name.

noun

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1An expression of more than two algebraic terms, especially the sum of several terms that contain different powers of the same variable(s).
Example sentences
  • The papers look at algebraic curves, the Riemann Roch theorem and algebraic polynomials.
  • But we would not be able to define the derivative using Paman's terms since we consider more complicated functions than the polynomials or power series which Paman considered.
  • Hermite made important contributions to number theory and algebra, orthogonal polynomials, and elliptic functions.
1.1 Biology A Latin name with more than two parts.
Example sentences
  • Names were usually Latin phrases, polynomials, but could be a single word.
  • Each distinct species was named with a lengthy Latin description known as a polynomial.

Origin

late 17th century: from poly- 'many', on the pattern of multinomial.

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