simple equation

noun

Definition of simple equation

: a linear equation

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Padres ponder possibility Naylor stays in majors, Margot goes to minors; Machado loves shortstop, loves Tatis more What was once a simple equation — one left-handed-hitting outfielder for another — is not so straightforward anymore. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres notes: Naylor makes case to stay in majors; Machado’s ‘bittersweet’ move," 7 June 2019 Apart from matters of technique and training that are a given among elite athletes, their formula for success could be distilled to the simple equation: One plus one equals three. Liz Clarke, courant.com, "Twenty years ago, U.S. women won the World Cup and changed the sport," 7 June 2019 Tunneling requires the application of sufficient force over a small area, governed by a simple equation: Pressure is equal to force divided by area. Charles S. Cockell, WSJ, "The Limits of Extra-Terrestrial Freakiness," 7 June 2018 For many physicists, the aim is to discover the smallest basic building blocks of the universe and write down the simplest equations that describe the fundamental forces of nature. New York Times, "David Pines, 93, Insightful and Influential Physicist, Dies," 11 May 2018 Here's a simple equation: The world's best players + a scoring-friendly format + ideal scoring conditions = birdies. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Three Quick Thoughts From Thursday at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans," 26 Apr. 2018 Love, who was at the center of one of those subplots, is also part of the simplest equation heading into the playoffs. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "Kevin Love is the key to the Cavs surviving the East -- Bud Shaw's Spin," 12 Apr. 2018 With identical 46-35 records, the game boils down to a simple equation: winner goes to the postseason, loser goes home for the summer. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Final days of NBA's regular season will settle what six months could not," 10 Apr. 2018 If this were a simple fish then this might be a simpler equation. Karen Pinchin, Smithsonian, "The Epic Fight Over the Enigmatic Eel," 5 Feb. 2018

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1758, in the meaning defined above

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