Definition of polynomial in English:


Line breaks: poly|no¦mial
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒlɪˈnəʊmɪəl


  • Consisting of several terms.
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    • 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.


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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).
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    • 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.
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    • 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.


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

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