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# algorithm

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noun al·go·rithm \ˈal-gə-ˌri-thəm\

## Simple Definition of algorithm

• : a set of steps that are followed in order to solve a mathematical problem or to complete a computer process

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

## Full Definition of algorithm

1. :  a procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as of finding the greatest common divisor) in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation; broadly :  a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer

## Origin and Etymology of algorithm

alteration of Middle English algorisme, from Old French & Medieval Latin; Old French, from Medieval Latin algorismus, from Arabic al-khuwārizmi, from al-Khwārizmī fl a.d. 825 Islamic mathematician

First Known Use: 1926

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