# polynomial

noun
poly·​no·​mi·​al | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈnō-mē-əl \

## Definition of polynomial

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a mathematical expression of one or more algebraic terms each of which consists of a constant multiplied by one or more variables raised to a nonnegative integral power (such as a + bx + cx2)

polynomial

Definition of polynomial (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to, composed of, or expressed as one or more polynomials polynomial functions polynomial equations

## Examples of polynomial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But x³ − 2 is a degree-three polynomial, so () is not constructible. But this polynomial conveys a lot of information about our problem. The man addressed me over the cliff of his shoulder—talked down to me in the same condescending way Mister Hughes explained polynomials and hypotenuses. Quadratic equations are polynomials, meaning strings of math terms. The polynomial’s coefficients serve as the coordinates that define where the polynomial is located. The reason for this has to do with the new proof about polynomials. Akili learned about polynomials, for example, during a Summer Institute. But there are fast algorithms for factoring large polynomials. Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In the cube doubling problem, for example, the side length of a cube with twice the volume of the unit cube is , which is a root of the polynomial x³ − 2 because ()³ − 2 = 0. Mathematicians want to know how the roots of a polynomial relate to each other. For example, our polynomial P(q) = q(q – 1)(q2 – 3q + 3) has a factor of (q – 1). Instead He and Côté used a technique called polynomial regression, which represents a more complex statistical model that preserves the original variables. Now make a polynomial that takes points on the grid as inputs. Scenarios like these can often be distilled into polynomial equations.

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## First Known Use of polynomial

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined above

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

## History and Etymology for polynomial

Noun

poly- + -nomial (as in binomial)

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Time Traveler for polynomial ## The first known use of polynomial was in 1674

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## Statistics for polynomial

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18 Sep 2020

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“Polynomial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polynomial. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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