# algorithm

Syllabification: al·go·rithm
Pronunciation: /ˈalɡəˌriT͟Həm /

## Definition of algorithm in English:

### noun

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
More example sentences
• 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.

### Origin

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.

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• 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.

### Derivatives

#### algorithmic

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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.

#### algorithmically

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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.

### Words that rhyme with algorithm

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