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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notational \ nō-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce notational (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 Many of the notations track information attributed to the headwaiter Leon Gaskill in a 1957 Holiday magazine article, suggesting that Mr. Dewey took his own notes while the reporter interviewed Mr. Gaskill. John Freeman Gill, New York Times, "Found in the Attic at Gage & Tollner: Historic Treasure," 6 Mar. 2020 Removing the transcript notation was her top priority, records show. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "A football star was expelled for rape twice. A secret deal scrubbed it from his transcript," 12 Dec. 2019 Miss Manners is afraid that there will have to be notations in address lists, indicating which method to use for whom. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Customer frustrated by noncommunicative businesses," 13 Apr. 2020 Instead of spending on something concrete that can be enjoyed immediately, investing means putting money into what is, ultimately, a notation in a brokerage account displayed on a computer screen. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "How to Stop Worrying and Love a Falling Stock Market," 13 Mar. 2020 Get things in writing: Even an initialed notation, a text message or an email works. Teresa Dixon Murray, cleveland, "How to look out for your rights as a consumer: Money Matters," 5 Apr. 2020 Their clothed bodies, abandoned to improvised sleep, combine to form a kind of notation, like Arabic calligraphy. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Artist Noah Davis died tragically at age 32. A New York show reveals a great lost talent.," 30 Jan. 2020 If this were an article in the 1980s, the labor of explaining Singmaster notation, and using it to guide you through the algorithms of solving the cube, might be worth it. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, "The Amazing Math Inside the Rubik’s Cube," 16 Dec. 2019 Almost all of this laborious deciphering needs to be done by hand, not by machine: The documents can be quirky and unpredictable, featuring sometimes complex notations and symbols. Washington Post, "How we know global warming is real," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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29 May 2020

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“Notation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of notation

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


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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