com·​bi·​na·​to·​ri·​al ˌkäm-bə-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl How to pronounce combinatorial (audio)
: of, relating to, or involving combinations
: of or relating to the arrangement of, operation on, and selection of discrete mathematical elements belonging to finite sets or making up geometric configurations
ˌkäm-bə-nə-ˈtȯr-ē-ə-lē How to pronounce combinatorial (audio)

Examples of combinatorial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those spins can be used to represent a combinatorial problem. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Feb. 2020 Users can upload several kinds of combinatorial optimization problems and run them on the SBM, which has a capacity of 10,000 spins. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Feb. 2020 The potential advantages are increased by the combinatorial effects of several cannabinoids and terpenes delivered by these gummies. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 20 June 2023 But because of the combinatorial explosion in the number of possible maps, even millions of maps made by the random-seed-and-grow technique account for only a tiny fraction of all possible maps. Mike Orcutt, Quanta Magazine, 1 June 2023 In 2013, Berlekamp and his wife, Jennifer, founded the Elwyn and Jennifer Berlekamp Foundation, which supports math and science outreach and educational programs, especially those focusing on combinatorial game theory. IEEE Spectrum, 23 Sep. 2019 For example, to better understand decision making in complex combinatorial tasks Stephan Billinger, Nils Stieglitz and Terry Schumacher asked participants in a laboratory experiment to design artistic products for alien life forms. Christian Stadler, Forbes, 22 Mar. 2023 Its immense combinatorial capacity facilitates the systematic investigation of the entire field of possibilities. Jonathon Keats, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 In particular, Wolfram acknowledges the work of Roger Penrose on combinatorial space-time in the early 1970s, which anticipated Wolfram’s approach. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 24 Apr. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Combinatorial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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