mathematical

adjective
math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌmath-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce mathematical (audio) , ˌma-thə-\
variants: or less commonly mathematic \ -​tik How to pronounce mathematic (audio) \

Definition of mathematical

1 : of, relating to, or according with mathematics
2a : rigorously exact : precise
b : certain
3 : possible but highly improbable only a mathematical chance

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Other Words from mathematical

mathematically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce mathematically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mathematical in a Sentence

They recorded the changes with mathematical precision. The team has only a mathematical chance of making the play-offs.

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This is basically a mathematical description for how a viscous fluid folds onto itself like a coiling rope—just like pouring cold maple syrup on pancakes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: modern masters like Jackson Pollock were “intuitive physicists”," 26 Dec. 2018 The game is so mathematical and stressful that there's no room for surplus off-court anxieties. GQ, "Humiliation Can Be Healthy," 6 Feb. 2018 Scientists use mathematical equations that rely on these data to simulate physical phenomena such as rainfall and ocean currents. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "Climate’s Big Unknown: What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?," 29 Dec. 2018 But using mathematical models to predict where markets are headed has been difficult as prices have been whipsawed by trade negotiations and mixed economic signals. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Computer Models to Investors: Short Everything," 9 Jan. 2019 Combining estimates of all these processes, the researchers built a simple mathematical model using human emissions from the high-end scenarios of climate model simulations. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change," 19 Dec. 2018 Prior searches have been fruitless, but the answer to finding the wayward plane that presumably carried 239 passengers to their deaths might be buried in a mathematical model, rather than the waters that have already been searched. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "New Research Might Locate Flight MH370—And Solve One of the Greatest Aviation Mysteries of All Time," 7 Dec. 2018 There’s no simple mathematical formula to find the most efficient route for our salesman. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "A Single Cell Hints at a Solution to the Biggest Problem in Computer Science," 27 Dec. 2018 Are one or two multiple-choice questions enough to give you confidence that your student has definitely learned a mathematical concept or reading skill? Bill Mchenry And Eric Simpson, star-telegram, "Educators disagree on what we're really learning from statewide STAAR tests? Here are two views," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of mathematical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mathematical

Middle English mathematicalle, from Latin mathematicus, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēmat-, mathēma learning, mathematics, from manthanein to learn; probably akin to Goth mundon to pay attention

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English Language Learners Definition of mathematical

: of, relating to, or involving mathematics
: very exact or complete
: possible but very unlikely

mathematical

adjective
math·​e·​mat·​i·​cal | \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-ti-kəl How to pronounce mathematical (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematical

1 : of or relating to numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them : of or relating to mathematics
2 : exact entry 1 mathematical precision

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