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 really remarkable thing is that the mathematics is structurally similar for all these different problems. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The surprisingly complicated physics of why cats always land on their feet," 25 Dec. 2019 The enigma of instantaneous speed goes far back in the history of mathematics and philosophy, to around 450 B.C. with Zeno and his redoubtable paradoxes. Quanta Magazine, "Usain Bolt’s Split Times and the Power of Calculus," 3 Apr. 2019 In her new role, Roy will help advance the work of UN Women by supporting women's and girls' opportunities, particularly in areas related to science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation. Lisa Lockwood | Wwd,, "Rachel Roy designs mini Love collection for International Women’s Day," 5 Mar. 2018 More specifically, the Chandler nonprofit offers an innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics program to youth and young adults attending Title 1 schools. Elizabeth Montgomery, azcentral, "Si Se Puede Foundation provides STEM programming to underserved students," 18 Dec. 2019 The Pentagon is a major funder of mathematics, engineering and computer science studies. David Malakoff, Science | AAAS, "Final 2020 spending bill is kind to U.S. research," 16 Dec. 2019 Even the professional mathematics community was misled for a time. David Gunderman, The Conversation, "Nicolas Bourbaki: The greatest mathematician who never was," 7 Dec. 2019 With classes in standard academic subjects such as English literature, history and mathematics, many students took coursework that could be applied toward a bachelor’s degree at four-year institutions. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Richard Ernst, who led Northern Virginia Community College for 30 years, dies at 86," 21 Aug. 2019 This interdisciplinary program applies mathematical and economic concepts by combining already existing courses in McDaniel’s mathematics, economics and business administration programs. Catalina Righter,, "McDaniel College adding eight new majors, including a first for Maryland, after recent cuts," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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28 Jan 2020

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“Mathematics.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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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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to assert without proof or before proving

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