notation

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noun no·ta·tion \nō-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of notation

  1. 1 :  annotation, note

  2. 2a :  the act, process, method, or an instance of representing by a system or set of marks, signs, figures, or charactersb :  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

notational

play \nō-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of notation in a Sentence

  1. a mathematical notation for computer programming

  2. he had scribbled his notation so quickly I couldn't read it

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Origin and Etymology of notation

Latin notation-, notatio, from notare to note


First Known Use: 1584


NOTATION Defined for English Language Learners

notation

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Definition of notation for English Language Learners

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


NOTATION Defined for Kids

notation

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noun no·ta·tion \nō-ˈtā-shən\

Definition of notation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of noting

  2. 2 :  2note 5 He made notations on a paper.

  3. 3 :  a system of signs, marks, or figures used to give a certain kind of information musical notation scientific notation



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