algebra

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noun al·ge·bra \ˈal-jə-brə\

Definition of algebra

  1. 1 :  a generalization of arithmetic in which letters representing numbers are combined according to the rules of arithmetic

  2. 2 :  any of various systems or branches of mathematics or logic concerned with the properties and relationships of abstract entities (such as complex numbers, matrices, sets, vectors, groups, rings, or fields) manipulated in symbolic form under operations often analogous to those of arithmetic — compare boolean algebra

algebraist

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Origin and Etymology of algebra

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

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ALGEBRA Defined for English Language Learners

algebra

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Definition of algebra for English Language Learners

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


ALGEBRA Defined for Kids

algebra

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noun al·ge·bra \ˈal-jə-brə\

Definition of algebra for Students

  1. :  a branch of mathematics in which symbols (as letters and numbers) are combined according to the rules of arithmetic



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