# polynomial

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## pol·y·no·mi·al

(pŏl′ē-nō′mē-əl)*adj.*

Of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms.

*n.*

**1.**A taxonomic designation consisting of more than two terms.

**2.**

*Mathematics*

**a.**An algebraic expression consisting of one or more summed terms, each term consisting of a constant multiplier and one or more variables raised to nonnegative integral powers. For example,

*x*

^{2}- 5

*x*+ 6 and 2

*p*

^{3}

*q*+

*y*are polynomials. Also called

*multinomial*.

**b.**An expression of two or more terms.

[poly- + (bi)nomial.]

## polynomial

(ˌpɒlɪˈnəʊmɪəl)*adj*

of, consisting of, or referring to two or more names or terms. Also called:

**multinominal***n*

**1.**(Mathematics)

**a.**a mathematical expression consisting of a sum of terms each of which is the product of a constant and one or more variables raised to a positive or zero integral power. For one variable,

*x*, the general form is given by:

*a*0

*x*+

^{n}*a*1

*x*

^{n}^{–1}+ … +

*an*–1

*x*+

*an*, where

*a*0,

*a*1, etc, are real numbers

**b.**Also called:

**multinomial**any mathematical expression consisting of the sum of a number of terms

**2.**(Biology)

*biology*a taxonomic name consisting of more than two terms, such as

*Parus major minor*in which

*minor*designates the subspecies

## pol•y•no•mi•al

(ˌpɒl əˈnoʊ mi əl)*adj.*

**1.**consisting of or characterized by two or more names or terms.

*n.*

**2.**an algebraic expression consisting of the sum of two or more terms.

**3.**a polynomial name or term.

**4.**a species name containing more than two terms.

[1665–75]

## pol·y·no·mi·al

(pŏl′ē-nō′mē-əl) An algebraic expression that is represented as the sum of two or more terms. The expressions

*x*^{2}- 4 and 5*x*^{4}+ 2*x*^{3}-*x*+ 7 are both polynomials.ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonyms

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Noun | 1. | polynomial - a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of termshomogeneous polynomial - a polynomial consisting of terms all of the same degree monic polynomial - a polynomial in one variable quadratic polynomial, quadratic - a polynomial of the second degree series - (mathematics) the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions math, mathematics, maths - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement function, mapping, mathematical function, single-valued function, map - (mathematics) a mathematical relation such that each element of a given set (the domain of the function) is associated with an element of another set (the range of the function) |

Adj. | 1. | polynomial - having the character of a polynomial; "a polynomial expression" |

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