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 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 The find, published in Science Advances by University of Texas professor David Stuart and colleagues, dated the calendar notation to between 300 and 200 B.C.E., marking the earliest evidence of the Maya calendar. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 Apr. 2022 Lathan says the goal is to create a museum-quality restoration, a notation designated for only historically significant structures. Roy S. Johnson |, al, 4 May 2022 The acceptance of dance notation had been spurred by the Dance Notation Bureau, which Ms. Hutchinson Guest founded in New York in 1940 with Eve Gentry, Janey Price and Helen Priest Rogers. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 The committee has no record of Trump's calls during the attack since there is no official White House notation of calls placed by or to Trump from 11:17 a.m. to 6:54 p.m. that day, according to reports. Amy Nakamura, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2022 Character drawing and historical notation matter more to her than storytelling momentum. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2022 Suddenly faced with a far less busy schedule after the Covid-19-related shutdowns in spring and summer 2020, Mr. Formanek began experimenting with graphic notation for composing rather than the conventional five-line musical staves. Martin Johnson, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Beginning on Monday, each day for the rest of the month is a palindrome, using the United States' date notation. Editors, USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2022 As such, the potentially hazardous notation should only be viewed as a label for NASA’s classification system. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 10 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Notation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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