math·​e·​mat·​ics | \ ˌmath-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce mathematics (audio) , ˌma-thə- \

Definition of mathematics

1 : the science of numbers and their operations (see operation sense 5), interrelations, combinations, generalizations, and abstractions and of space (see space entry 1 sense 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

Examples of mathematics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The county’s public school system is a leader in the state and consistently posts some of the highest scores on statewide assessments in reading and mathematics., "Howard County Guide 2021: Education and schools," 24 Feb. 2021 In June 2014, Pan received undergraduate degrees in computer science and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "MIT graduate allegedly stole car on day of Yale student's murder," 23 Feb. 2021 Part of his new obsession stems from the fact that cryptography is equal parts logic and mathematics. Popular Mechanics, "This Inmate Used Solitary Confinement to Learn Math. Now He's Solving the World's Hardest Equations," 21 Feb. 2021 The resulting project in that befuddling field of advanced mathematics earned him a finalist berth in the prestigious Westinghouse National Science Talent Search. NBC News, "'It was just so unexpected': Family finds there's no mathematical formula to grieving loss," 7 Feb. 2021 Schmidt, who has a doctorate in applied mathematics from University College London, is an expert in the modeling of past, current and future climate conditions. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "NASA Names Its First Climate Advisor," 4 Feb. 2021 Oshmyansky is a medical doctor with a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oxford who also works a weekend shift as staff radiologist at Vision Radiology in Dallas. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "A Dallas-based generic drug startup bearing Mark Cuban’s name just came out of stealth," 19 Jan. 2021 The test, known as Smarter Balanced, is administered annually in the spring to students in grades 3-8 and 11, assessing them in reading and mathematics. Melissa Gomez, Los Angeles Times, "Will California students have to take standardized tests at home? Educators are wary," 14 Jan. 2021 Some say that his contributions to mathematics peaked with his discovery of the Monster. Dan Rockmore, The New Yorker, "Three Mathematicians We Lost in 2020," 31 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mathematics

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mathematics was in 1573

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1 Mar 2021

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“Mathematics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mathematics

: the science of numbers, quantities, and shapes and the relations between them


math·​e·​mat·​ics | \ ˌma-thə-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce mathematics (audio) \

Kids Definition of mathematics

: the science that studies and explains numbers, quantities, measurements, and the relations between them

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