absolute value


Definition of absolute value

1 : a nonnegative number equal in numerical value to a given real number
2 : the positive square root of the sum of the squares of the real and imaginary parts of a complex number

Examples of absolute value in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its rolling sound off the tongue? Ascribing arbitrary but absolute value to words and letters came to me naturally. Anna Shechtman, The New Yorker, 20 Dec. 2021 One way to evaluate an asset’s absolute value-creation potential is by focusing on profitability per joule unit of energy (USD/J) instead of cost per barrel. Muqsit Ashraf, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 The number of extra cars on the more crowded road is simply the absolute value of the difference between these numbers: |j – (200 – j)|. Quanta Magazine, 25 Sep. 2015 This correlates with a higher absolute value of the second number in the pair (–15 versus –11). Quanta Magazine, 30 Oct. 2015 DoorDash also surpassed Grubhub in market share as measured among the online food delivery companies that Second Measure tracks using anonymized credit transaction data, though the absolute value of those sales has grown for both companies. Alison Griswold, Quartz, 23 June 2019 China also beat the United States in absolute value of national power in 2016. Simon Saradzhyan, Washington Post, 20 June 2018 If safety were an absolute value in transportation policy, the national highway speed limit would be fifteen miles an hour. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 2 July 2018 All four models show that Russia has lagged behind China and India in absolute values of national power. Simon Saradzhyan, Washington Post, 20 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of absolute value

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of absolute value was in 1803

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“Absolute value.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absolute%20value. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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