Definition of mathematics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    mathematics

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌmæθəˈmætɪks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæθəˈmætɪks//
     
    (formal)(British English also maths
    BrE BrE//mæθs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mæθs//
     
    )
    (North American English also math
    BrE BrE//mæθ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mæθ//
     
    )
    Types of mathematics, Subjects and courses, Mathematical terminology
     
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  1. 1  [uncountable] the science of numbers and shapes. Branches of mathematics include arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. the school mathematics curriculum See related entries: Types of mathematics, Subjects and courses, Mathematical terminology
  2. 2  [uncountable + singular or plural verb] the process of calculating using numbers He worked out the very difficult mathematics in great detail. See related entries: Mathematical terminology
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent.: plural of obsolete mathematic ‘mathematics’, from Old French mathematique, from Latin (ars) mathematica ‘mathematical (art)’, from Greek mathēmatikē (tekhnē), from the base of manthanein ‘learn’.
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