notation

noun
no·​ta·​tion | \ nō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce notation (audio) \

Definition of notation

2a : the act, process, method, or an instance of representing by a system or set of marks, signs, figures, or characters
b : a system of characters, symbols, or abbreviated expressions used in an art or science or in mathematics or logic to express technical facts or quantities

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Other Words from notation

notational \ nō-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce notation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

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Examples of notation in a Sentence

a mathematical notation for computer programming he had scribbled his notation so quickly I couldn't read it
Recent Examples on the Web This was made of a typical Mediterranean blend, grenache, cinsault, carignan and syrah, mostly but not entirely from the Ventoux area in southern France, hence the Vin de France notation on the label. New York Times, "Be It a $10 Wine, or Much More, the Judgments Come Free," 29 Apr. 2021 The only indication that a jury has been seated is a notation on the docket showing the prosecution and defense met privately with the judge Thursday to exercise their peremptory challenges, the final stage of jury selection. BostonGlobe.com, "Federal corruption trial of former Fall River mayor Jasiel Correia to begin," 25 Apr. 2021 There is a challenging tradeoff of whether to only transmit a shorthand notation versus the full set of data. Lance Eliot, Forbes, "Bird’s-Eye View To Provide Self-Driving Cars With Some Needed Computational Omnipresence," 19 Apr. 2021 One includes a notation suggesting Prude be reclassified as a suspect, rather than victim. NBC News, "Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Daniel Prude's kids," 9 Mar. 2021 One includes a notation suggesting Prude be reclassified as a suspect, rather than victim. NBC News, "Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Daniel Prude's kids," 9 Mar. 2021 Some have musical notation, but since dainas follow predictable schemes the tunes tend to be repeated, as in Celtic jigs and reels. The Economist, "Baltic bards Latvia’s ancient poetry is getting its first major translation," 31 Mar. 2021 One includes a notation suggesting Prude be reclassified as a suspect, rather than victim. NBC News, "Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Daniel Prude's kids," 9 Mar. 2021 One includes a notation suggesting Prude be reclassified as a suspect, rather than victim. NBC News, "Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of Daniel Prude's kids," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of notation

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for notation

Latin notation-, notatio, from notare to note

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The first known use of notation was in 1584

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10 May 2021

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“Notation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notation. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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notation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of notation

technical : a system of marks, signs, figures, or characters that is used to represent information

notation

noun
no·​ta·​tion | \ nō-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce notation (audio) \

Kids Definition of notation

1 : the act of noting
2 : note entry 2 sense 5 He made notations on a paper.
3 : a system of signs, marks, or figures used to give a certain kind of information musical notation scientific notation

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