# Fermat's last theorem

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## Fer·mat's last theorem

(fĕr-mäz′)*n.*

The theorem that the equation

*a*+^{n}*b*=^{n}*c*has no solutions in positive integers^{n}*a, b, c*if*n*is an integer greater than 2. It was stated as a marginal note by Pierre de Fermat around 1630 and not proved until 1994 by the British mathematician Andrew Wiles (born 1953).American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

## Fermat's last theorem

(fɜːˈmæts)*n*

(Mathematics) (in number theory) the hypothesis that the equation

*x*+^{n}*y*=^{n}*z*has no integral solutions for^{n}*n*greater than twoCollins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

## Fer·mat's last theorem

(fĕr-mäz′) A theorem stating that the equation

*a*+^{n}*b*=^{n}*c*has no solution if^{n}*a, b,*and*c*are positive integers and if*n*is an integer greater than 2. The theorem was first stated by the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat around 1630, but not proved until 1994.The American Heritage® Student Science Dictionary, Second Edition. Copyright © 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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