*al-jabr,*literally, the reduction

First Known Use: 1551

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: a branch of mathematics that uses numbers and letters that represent numbers

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— **al·ge·bra·ist** \-ˌbrā-ist\ *noun*

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Medieval Latin, from Arabic *al-jabr,* literally, the reduction

First Known Use: 1551

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