reverse Polish notation

noun

Definition of reverse Polish notation

: a system of representing mathematical and logical operations in which the operands precede the operator and which does not require the use of parentheses (3 + 5) − (2 + 1) in reverse Polish notation is expressed as 3 5 + 2 1 + −

called also postfix notation

First Known Use of reverse Polish notation

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Reverse Polish notation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverse%20Polish%20notation. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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