com·​bi·​na·​to·​ri·​al | \ ˌkäm-bə-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce combinatorial (audio) , kəm-ˌbī-nə-, -(ˌ)bi- \

Definition of combinatorial

1 : of, relating to, or involving combinations
2 : of or relating to the arrangement of, operation on, and selection of discrete mathematical elements belonging to finite sets or making up geometric configurations

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Other Words from combinatorial

combinatorially \ ˌkäm-​bə-​nə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce combinatorial (audio) , kəm-​ˌbī-​nə-​ , -​(ˌ)bi-​ \ adverb

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Recent Examples on the Web Toshiba tested a 1 million-bit problem using its simulated bifurcation machine (SBM) implemented on a traditional 16-GPU computer, the world’s largest scale combinatorial problem yet published in scientific papers. John Prisco, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Evolution has had billions of years to explore, by trial and error, the combinatorial possibilities of amino acids. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 18 Sep. 2020 Hertz’s combinatorial approach works best when the prevalence of the disease in a community is no higher than 5 percent, with around 1 percent being ideal. Marla Broadfoot, Scientific American, 13 May 2020 While some were veterans, many were newcomers to Marvel's ever-broadening paracosm—a narrative web that already crammed more than 60 heroes into May's Avengers: Endgame, and will continue its combinatorial creep over at least the next three years. Peter Rubin, WIRED, 26 July 2019 Algorithmic art isn’t limited to abstract or combinatorial art, either. Gabriel Nicholas, Slate Magazine, 11 Dec. 2017 For Strachey, though, the interesting thing was how a simple setup, using only about seventy base words, could produce a combinatorial explosion of results—on the order of three hundred billion different letters. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, 14 Feb. 2017 That’s been the supersized science news of the last 24 hours, thanks to a clever combinatorial analysis of social networks and weight gain. Brandon Keim, WIRED, 26 July 2007

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First Known Use of combinatorial

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of combinatorial was in 1818

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