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 notational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms for notation


jotting, memo, memorandum, note

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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

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In the sections devoted to their relationship, Crain’s style of elevated perception becomes a sharp tool for psychological notation. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Caleb Crain’s “Overthrow” and the Power of Literary Form," 28 Aug. 2019 Instructor Mike McMahon will demonstrate how to plot location markers, measure distances and share map notations using the app. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Seacrest Foundation recognizes supporters," 26 Aug. 2019 Dizzy Dancer was declared a nonstarter in the chart and Seau was declared scratched with the notation: (gate). John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, "Racing! The fiasco at Ferndale," 30 Aug. 2019 The ruling is a sign of the changing landscape for marijuana, something the justices noted - somewhat playfully - by placing Dylan’s famous words in a notation at the very top of their order. Jessica Anderson,, "Marijuana funk no longer probable cause to search people; Maryland appeals court cites Bob Dylan in ruling," 15 Aug. 2019 Researchers had found a grave near JB's containing a coffin with the notation NB 13 similarly tacked on the lid. Author: Michael E. Ruane, Anchorage Daily News, "Remains of an American ‘vampire’ were found about 30 years ago. Now DNA is giving him new life.," 1 Aug. 2019 Researchers had found a grave near JB's containing a coffin with the notation NB 13 similarly tacked on the lid., "A ‘vampire’s’ remains were found about 30 years ago. Now DNA is giving him new life.," 31 July 2019 Bach’s notations bear witness to a life of conservative Lutheran observance. Michael Marissen, New York Times, "Bach Was Far More Religious Than You Might Think," 30 Mar. 2018 As is often the case in mathematics, planning ahead and good notation will make our analysis much easier. Quanta Magazine, "Symmetry, Algebra and the Monster," 17 Aug. 2017

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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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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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