Definition of mathematics in English:

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Pronunciation: /maθ(ə)ˈmatɪks/

plural noun

[usually treated as singular]
1The abstract science of number, quantity, and space, either as abstract concepts ( pure mathematics), or as applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering ( applied mathematics): a taste for 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: James immerses himself in the mathematics of baseball
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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.


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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