Definition of mathematics
1 : the science of numbers and their operations (see operation 5), interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space (see 1space 7) configurations and their structure, measurement, transformations, and generalizations Algebra, arithmetic, calculus, geometry, and trigonometry are branches of mathematics.
2 : a branch of, operation in, or use of mathematics the mathematics of physical chemistry
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MATHEMATICS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mathematics for English Language Learners
: the science of numbers, quantities, and shapes and the relations between them
MATHEMATICS Defined for Kids
Definition of mathematics for Students
: the science that studies and explains numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them
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