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 algebraic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of algebraic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This involves converting the PDE into a set of tractable algebraic equations that are assumed to hold over tiny increments of space and time. Quanta Magazine, "Latest Neural Nets Solve World’s Hardest Equations Faster Than Ever Before," 19 Apr. 2021 Narratives, not analytical constructs or algebraic solutions, are what engage the human mind. Washington Post, "Why false narratives so often trump reality," 26 Feb. 2021 On a frigid Thursday in February, math teacher Marietta Gibb was warming up her sixth-graders at DeWitt Middle School with some algebraic expressions. Washington Post, "Is it time to stop segregating kids by ability in middle school math?," 16 Oct. 2020 The cryptographic scheme is based on prior work that used a lattice that included an algebraic ring, Dr. LaMacchia says. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet," 7 Oct. 2020 Another does most of the work of applying basic algebraic rules like associativity. Quanta Magazine, "Building the Mathematical Library of the Future," 1 Oct. 2020 And are the things that mathematicians work with—numbers, algebraic equations, geometry, theorems and so on—real? Dan Falk, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Is Math?," 23 Sep. 2020 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

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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 16 May. 2021.

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