Definition of equation
1a : the act or process of equatingb (1) : an element affecting a process : factor (2) : a complex of variable factorsc : a state of being equated; specifically : a state of close association or identification bring governmental enterprises and payment for them into immediate equation — R. G. Tugwell
2a : a usually formal statement of the equality or equivalence of mathematical or logical expressionsb : an expression representing a chemical reaction quantitatively by means of chemical symbols
Examples of equation in a Sentence
the equation of material wealth with happiness
Recent Examples of equation from the Web
Tough on both sides of the equation, although White’s had more than his fair share of success.
The spinning dynamo is just one half of the equation, however.
Right now, the companies developing these products hire employees trained in one part of the equation — the hardware, the software, the programming or the security — and train them on everything else.
The federal court that struck down the districts adopted an equation that offers a way to measure the partisan nature of the districts.
One of the yellowing pages, bearing Einstein's signature and embossed seal, and a handwritten general relativity equation, opens at $8,000 and is expected to sell for at least twice that.
Alabama’s been on both sides of the decommitment equation.
Though retail will certainly remain a pivotal part of the equation, Westfield UTC appears to be flipping the brick-and-mortar model to favor dining, and even lounging or playing, over shopping.
These hold nowhere near as much water as the Greenland Ice Sheet but are still a significant part of the sea level equation.
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First Known Use of equation
EQUATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of equation for English Language Learners
mathematics : a statement that two expressions are equal (such as 8 + 3 = 11 or 2x – 3 = 7)
: a complicated situation or issue
: the act of regarding two things as the same : the act of equating things
EQUATION Defined for Kids
Definition of equation for Students
1 : a statement of the equality of two mathematical expressions
2 : an expression representing a chemical reaction by means of chemical symbols
Medical Definition of equation
: an expression representing a chemical reaction quantitatively by means of chemical symbols
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