# Polynomial meaning

pŏlē-nōmē-əl
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The definition of a polynomial is a mathematical formula or expression with several algebraic terms.

An example of a polynomial is the mathematical expression 2x² + 4x³ + 3

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Polynomial is defined as something related to a mathematical formula or expression with several algebraic terms.

An example of a mathematical expression that would be described as a polynomial is the formula 2x² + 4x³ + 3

Of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms.
A taxonomic designation consisting of more than two terms.
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An expression or name consisting of more than two terms.
• A linear combination of products of integral powers of a given set of variables, with constant coefficients (Ex.: x3 + 3x + 2 or x2 – 2xy + y2).
• A species or subspecies name consisting of more than two terms.
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Consisting of or characterized by polynomials.
Relating to or consisting of more than two names or terms.
A taxonomic designation consisting of more than two terms.
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An algebraic expression that is the sum of two or more monomials. The expressions x2 − 4 and 5 x4 + 2 x3x + 7 are both polynomials.
(algebra) Able to be described or limited by a polynomial.
(taxonomy) Of a polynomial name or entity.
(algebra) An expression consisting of a sum of a finite number of terms, each term being the product of a constant coefficient and one or more variables raised to a non-negative integer power, such as .
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(taxonomy) A taxonomic designation (such as of a subspecies) consisting of more than two terms.
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## Origin of polynomial

• poly– (bi)nomial

### From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

• poly- + -nomial