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

adjective

Definition of polynomial (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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These kinds of polynomials can sometimes be expressed as sums of squares, too. Kevin Hartnett, WIRED, "A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into Self-Driving Cars," 26 May 2018 But in the coming weeks, teachers hope to ease students back into the business of learning: graphing polynomials, dissecting Shakespeare, learning the countries of Southeast Asia. The Washington Post, cleveland.com, "'I'm never going to be the same': Students set to return to shattered Florida school," 27 Feb. 2018 But in the coming weeks, teachers hope to ease students back into the business of learning: graphing polynomials, dissecting Shakespeare, learning the countries of Southeast Asia. Moriah Balingit, Washington Post, "‘I’m never going to be the same’: Students set to return to shattered Florida school," 27 Feb. 2018 In the McAllen school district, an eighth-grade math teacher, Sandra Guerra, recently chatted online with six students who were stuck on a problem about polynomials. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "Bridging a Digital Divide That Leaves Schoolchildren Behind," 22 Feb. 2016 Those mind-numbing exercises in high school—factoring polynomials, conjugating verbs, memorizing the periodic table—were possibly the opposite: mind-sensitizing. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "A.I. versus M.D.," 23 Mar. 2017

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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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