Definition of notation
1 : annotation, note
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
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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Paving would be an abstract keyboard pattern and landscaping in some spots would be shaped to recall musical notation.

The Feldman piece uses graphic notation to grant more freedom to the performer.

The number of individuals with a new foreclosure notation on their credit reports hit the lowest level in 18 years of data.

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The letter signing was organized by, among others, Eliot A. Cohen, a prominent historian and former senior aide to Condoleezza Rice, and a notation at the end of the letter urges other Republicans to sign.

Newton published his system slightly before Leibniz, but the German’s notation was superior.

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Origin and Etymology of notation
Latin notation, notatio, from notare to note
First Known Use: 1584
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