Definition of algebra
1 : a generalization of arithmetic in which letters representing numbers are combined according to the rules of arithmetic
2 : any of various systems or branches of mathematics or logic concerned with the properties and relationships of abstract entities (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
Origin and Etymology of algebra
Medieval Latin, from Arabic aljabr, literally, the reduction
First Known Use: 1551
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ALGEBRA Defined for English Language Learners
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: a branch of mathematics that uses numbers and letters that represent numbers
ALGEBRA Defined for Kids
algebra
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: a branch of mathematics in which symbols (as letters and numbers) are combined according to the rules of arithmetic
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