Variant of algebra
- a mathematical system using symbols, esp. letters, to generalize certain arithmetic operations and relationships (Ex.: x + y = x represents a unique relationship between x and y, and has an infinite number of examples, as 3 + 6 = 9)
- any of various symbolic mathematical systems having formal rules of operation, defined relationships, finite processes, etc.: Boolean algebra
- a textbook or treatise dealing with algebra
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin ; from Arabic al-jabr, the reunion of broken parts ; from al, the plush jabara, to reunite
- algebraist noun
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