polynomial

noun
poly·​no·​mi·​al | \ ˌpä-lə-ˈnō-mē-əl How to pronounce polynomial (audio) \

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

adjective

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. Quanta Magazine, "When Math Gets Impossibly Hard," 14 Sep. 2020 But this polynomial conveys a lot of information about our problem. Quanta Magazine, "Color Me Polynomial," 13 Aug. 2019 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. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 Quadratic equations are polynomials, meaning strings of math terms. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mathematician Finds Easier Way to Solve Quadratic Equations," 6 Dec. 2019 The polynomial’s coefficients serve as the coordinates that define where the polynomial is located. Quanta Magazine, "Big Question About Primes Proved in Small Number Systems," 26 Sep. 2019 The reason for this has to do with the new proof about polynomials. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Seal Back Door to Breaking RSA Encryption," 17 Dec. 2018 Akili learned about polynomials, for example, during a Summer Institute. Sonali Kohli, Los Angeles Times, "Summer learnjng loss: How teachers mobilize when kids return to school," 15 Aug. 2019 But there are fast algorithms for factoring large polynomials. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Seal Back Door to Breaking RSA Encryption," 17 Dec. 2018 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. Quanta Magazine, "When Math Gets Impossibly Hard," 14 Sep. 2020 Mathematicians want to know how the roots of a polynomial relate to each other. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematician Measures the Repulsive Force Within Polynomials," 14 May 2020 For example, our polynomial P(q) = q(q – 1)(q2 – 3q + 3) has a factor of (q – 1). Quanta Magazine, "Color Me Polynomial," 13 Aug. 2019 Instead He and Côté used a technique called polynomial regression, which represents a more complex statistical model that preserves the original variables. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "New Insights into Self-Insight: More May Not Be Better," 27 Aug. 2019 Now make a polynomial that takes points on the grid as inputs. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars," 26 May 2018 Scenarios like these can often be distilled into polynomial equations. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of polynomial

Noun

1674, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1704, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for polynomial

Noun

poly- + -nomial (as in binomial)

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The first known use of polynomial was in 1674

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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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