A little girl learning basic math.

The definition of math is the overall group of sciences that study numbers, shapes and their relationships.

An example of math is arithmetic, the study of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

## math

Informal mathematics

**math Idioms**

do the math

Informal to consider or analyze a set of facts in order to reach a conclusion

- mathematical
- mathematician
- mathematics

## math

noun

Mathematics.

## math

Origin

From Middle English *math*, from Old English *mÇ£Ã¾* (“a mowing, that which is mown, cutting of grass"), from Proto-Germanic **mÄ“Ã¾Ä…* (“a mowing"), from Proto-Indo-European **mÄ“-* (“to mow"), equivalent to *mow* +"Ž *-th*. Cognate with German *Mahd* (“a mowing, reaping"). Related also to Old English *mÇ£d* (“mead, meadow, pasture"). See meadow.

Noun

(*countable and uncountable*, *plural* maths)

- (uncountable, North America) Short for
*mathematics*. - (uncountable, North America) Arithmetic calculations; (see
*do the math*).*If you do the math, you'll see that it's not such a bargain.**$170 a month? That doesn't sound right. Let me check your math.*

- (countable, North America) A math course.
*They needed to take two more maths*

Origin

Contraction of *mathematics*.

Noun

(*plural* maths)

- (Hinduism, Jainism) Short for
*matha*.

Origin

Contraction of *matha*.

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