arithmetic progression

noun

Definition of arithmetic progression

: a progression (such as 3, 5, 7, 9) in which the difference between any term and its predecessor is constant

Examples of arithmetic progression in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This kind of sequence is called an arithmetic progression. Quanta Magazine, "How a Strange Grid Reveals Hidden Connections Between Simple Numbers," 6 Feb. 2019 In mathematics, this is called an arithmetic progression—a sequence in which the numbers increase by the same amount at each step. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Holidays Are for Counting," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of arithmetic progression

1704, in the meaning defined above

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“Arithmetic progression.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arithmetic%20progression. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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