qua·​drat·​ic | \ kwä-ˈdra-tik How to pronounce quadratic (audio) \

Definition of quadratic

: involving terms of the second degree at most quadratic function quadratic equations

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Other Words from quadratic

quadratic noun
quadratically \ kwä-​ˈdra-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce quadratic (audio) \ adverb

Examples of quadratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many aspects of modern finance, such as complex securities pricing, portfolio optimization and forecasting, rely on algorithms that are susceptible to potential quadratic or exponential speedup using quantum computers. Paul Lipman, Forbes, "Welcome To The Future: Navigating The Rich, Intertwined Quantum Software Ecosystem," 11 Mar. 2021 Increasingly, his four teenagers’ work on quadratic equations and imaginary zeros has felt like an exercise in futility. Yoree Koh, WSJ, "The Movement to Modernize Math Class," 11 Nov. 2020 This would be an example of quadratic resource value assessment, in which resources are valued most highly at a certain peak level. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "There’s no place like the perfectly sized home for the mighty mantis shrimp," 29 Oct. 2020 Philanthropists are also experimenting with quadratic funding. Puja Ohlhaver, Wired, "How States Can Join Forces to Expand Covid Testing," 1 Sep. 2020 Tom Edgar and Yajun An noted that there have been 246 proofs of a statement known as the quadratic reciprocity law following Gauss’ original proof in 1796. Quanta Magazine, "Mathematicians Will Never Stop Proving the Prime Number Theorem," 22 July 2020 For instance, the seashells above were digitally graphed using a series of exponential and quadratic functions. Aj Willingham, CNN, "What a great week for rescue pets!," 7 Feb. 2020 Outside of classroom-ready examples, the quadratic method isn't simple. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Mathematician Finds Easier Way to Solve Quadratic Equations," 6 Dec. 2019 Reciprocity laws are generalizations of the 200-year-old quadratic reciprocity law, a cornerstone of number theory and one of Scholze’s personal favorite theorems. Quanta Magazine, "The Oracle of Arithmetic," 28 June 2016

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First Known Use of quadratic

1668, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of quadratic was in 1668

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19 Mar 2021

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“Quadratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadratic. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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