# algebraist

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## al·ge·bra

(ăl′jə-brə)*n.*

**1.**A branch of mathematics in which symbols, usually letters of the alphabet, represent numbers or members of a specified set and are used to represent quantities and to express general relationships that hold for all members of the set.

**2.**A set together with a pair of binary operations defined on the set. Usually, the set and the operations simultaneously form both a ring and a module.

[Middle English,

*bone-setting*, and Italian,*algebra*, both from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-jabr (wa-l-muqābala),*the restoration (and the compensation), addition (and subtraction)*: al-,*the*+ jabr,*bone-setting, restoration*(from jabara,*to set (bones), force, restore*; see gpr in Semitic roots).]**al′ge·bra′ist**(-brā′ĭst)

*n.*

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Noun | 1. | algebraist - a mathematician whose specialty is algebramathematician - a person skilled in mathematics |

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