al·​ge·​bra·​ic | \ ˌal-jə-ˈbrā-ik How to pronounce algebraic (audio) \

Definition of algebraic

1 : relating to, involving, or according to the laws of algebra
2 : involving only a finite number of repetitions of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, extraction of roots, and raising to powers algebraic equation — compare transcendental

Other Words from algebraic

algebraically \ ˌal-​jə-​ˈbrā-​ə-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce algebraic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of algebraic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All rational numbers, and roots of rational numbers, are algebraic. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 Ostensibly, the course was an introduction to algebraic geometry, the study of solutions to algebraic equations and their geometric properties. Quanta Magazine, 5 July 2022 Purely topologically, without any physics—those operations are basic algebraic operations. Joanna Thompson, Scientific American, 5 Apr. 2022 Often, mathematicians study a topological shape by associating it with algebraic objects called homotopy groups that capture important properties of the shape. Quanta Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 The André-Oort conjecture is about algebraic varieties, which at their most basic level are just the set (or graph) of all the solutions to one polynomial equation or a collection of them. Quanta Magazine, 3 Feb. 2022 Homology associates to each shape an algebraic object, which can be used to extract information like the number of holes in each dimension. Quanta Magazine, 9 Dec. 2021 Calculate the algebraic difference between these two numbers. William Baldwin, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Abstract algebraic structures, lattices are enormous grids with many individual points across two, three, or potentially hundreds of dimensions. Adrienne Bernhard, Popular Mechanics, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of algebraic

1571, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Algebraic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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