# arithmetic

Line breaks: arith|met¦ic## Definition of *arithmetic* in English:

### noun

Pronunciation: /əˈrɪθmətɪk
/

[ mass noun]

1The branch of mathematics dealing with the properties and manipulation of numbers:

*the laws of arithmetic*
More example sentences

- In principle this included the four mathematical sciences: arithmetic, geometry, astronomy and music.
- Cardinal Algebras presents a study of algebras satisfying certain properties which capture the arithmetic of cardinal numbers.
- The mathematical part of the Aryabhatiya covers arithmetic, algebra, plane trigonometry and spherical trigonometry.

1.1The use of numbers in counting and calculation:

*arithmetic had never been her strong point*
More example sentences

- If U is a positive integer, we can calculate the function's value by simple arithmetic: Just multiply e by itself U times.
- No matter how poor my calculating skills are however, I do know some simple arithmetic.
- The Stand and Deliver message, that the touch of a master could bring unmotivated students from arithmetic to calculus in a single year, was preached in schools throughout the nation.

### adjective

Pronunciation: /ˌarɪθˈmɛtɪk
/

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Relating to arithmetic:

*arithmetic calculations*
More example sentences

- Thus, this conjecture of Artin was the origin of a wide range of activities in what is now called arithmetic geometry.
- Among the series al-Umawi considers are arithmetic and geometric series.
- We do not get to geometrical or arithmetic objects via any process.

### Origin

Middle English: from Old French *arismetique*, based on Latin *arithmetica*, from Greek *arithmētikē (tekhnē)* '(art) of counting', from *arithmos* 'number'.

### Derivatives

- 1
#### arithmetical

adjective - Example sentences
- In this Thabit deals with arithmetical operations applied to ratios of geometrical quantities.
- The necessary background mathematical tools are then introduced such as the arithmetical operations on sexagesimal fractions and the trigonometric functions.
- Babylonian mathematics went far beyond arithmetical calculations.

- 2
#### arithmetically

adverb - Example sentences
- A hound whose speed increases arithmetically chases a hare whose speed also increases arithmetically, how far do they travel before the hound catches the hare?
- The problem comes when you try to think algebraically, or arithmetically, about the Gauss problem.
- But the resources necessary to sustain that increase could be multiplied only arithmetically, adding only a fixed amount every year.

- 3
#### arithmetician

- Example sentences
- … it is a small treatise of seventeen folios in which we find nothing on mensuration that the arithmeticians of the East did not know.
- Perhaps it is best described by al-Samawal, who described it as: -… operating on unknowns using all the arithmetical tools, in the same way as the arithmetician operates on the known.
- The arithmeticians among you will have worked out that this was as the Depression hit.

Pronunciation: /ərɪθməˈtɪʃ(ə)n/

noun## Definition of **arithmetic** in:

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Pronunciation: ˌvīˈjesəm(ə)l

adjective

relating to or based on the number twenty