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

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Other Words from algebraic

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Over the past decades, a field of physics has developed that postulates the existence of mysterious algebraic entities called spin networks. Conor Purcell, Ars Technica, "Can we craft a theory in which space and time aren’t assumed to exist?," 20 Apr. 2020 Both proofs also involve a unique algebraic category referred to as diophantine problems. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Guy Says He Solved the Most Controversial Open Problem in Math," 6 Apr. 2020 But for many algebra students, the jumble of algebraic symbols is still confusing. Jonathan Corum, New York Times, "This Professor’s ‘Amazing’ Trick Makes Quadratic Equations Easier," 5 Feb. 2020 Polynomials may be best known in their worst incarnation: as abstract exercises in the formal manipulation of algebraic expressions. Quanta Magazine, "Color Me Polynomial," 13 Aug. 2019 These consistency conditions translate into algebraic equations that the particle interactions must satisfy. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Laws of Physics Are Inevitable," 9 Dec. 2019 At the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro this past August, the algebraic geometer Carolina Araujo was difficult to track down. Quanta Magazine, "A Movement to Close the Gender Gap in Mathematics," 22 Jan. 2019 Far more relevant, according to the algebraic apostates, is 2π, aka tau. Randyn Charles Bartholomew, Scientific American, "Let's Use Tau--It's Easier Than Pi," 25 June 2014 Apprenti also uses an online screening tool, which assesses a student’s knowledge of algebraic-level math and some geometry. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Two Seattle tech-training programs — why did one succeed, one fail?," 1 July 2018

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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 11 Jul. 2020.

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