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(Mathematics) informal US and Canadian short for mathematics Brit equivalent: maths
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[shortened form]


1. mathematical.
2. mathematician.
3. mathematics.
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 an amount of mown grass, 1585; one of a number of mowings possible in a year or season.
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Mathematics is the study of numbers, quantities, and shapes. When mathematics is taught as a subject at school, it is usually called maths in British English, and math in American English.

Maths is my best subject at school.
Julio teaches math at a middle school.

Be Careful!
Mathematics, maths, and math are uncountable nouns and are used with a singular verb. Don't say, for example, 'Maths are my best subject'.

When you are referring to a science rather than a school subject, use mathematics.

According to the laws of mathematics, this is not possible.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.math - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangementmath - a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
rounding, rounding error - (mathematics) a miscalculation that results from rounding off numbers to a convenient number of decimals; "the error in the calculation was attributable to rounding"; "taxes are rounded off to the nearest dollar but the rounding error is surprisingly small"
truncation error - (mathematics) a miscalculation that results from cutting off a numerical calculation before it is finished
mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation - (mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods; "the problems at the end of the chapter demonstrated the mathematical processes involved in the derivation"; "they were learning the basic operations of arithmetic"
rationalisation, rationalization - (mathematics) the simplification of an expression or equation by eliminating radicals without changing the value of the expression or the roots of the equation
invariance - the nature of a quantity or property or function that remains unchanged when a given transformation is applied to it; "the invariance of the configuration under translation"
accuracy - (mathematics) the number of significant figures given in a number; "the atomic clock enabled scientists to measure time with much greater accuracy"
symmetricalness, symmetry, correspondence, balance - (mathematics) an attribute of a shape or relation; exact reflection of form on opposite sides of a dividing line or plane
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
factoring, factorisation, factorization - (mathematics) the resolution of an entity into factors such that when multiplied together they give the original entity
extrapolation - (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function outside the range of known values
interpolation - (mathematics) calculation of the value of a function between the values already known
formula, rule - (mathematics) a standard procedure for solving a class of mathematical problems; "he determined the upper bound with Descartes' rule of signs"; "he gave us a general formula for attacking polynomials"
recursion - (mathematics) an expression such that each term is generated by repeating a particular mathematical operation
invariant - a feature (quantity or property or function) that remains unchanged when a particular transformation is applied to it
multinomial, polynomial - a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms
series - (mathematics) the sum of a finite or infinite sequence of expressions
infinitesimal - (mathematics) a variable that has zero as its limit
fractal - (mathematics) a geometric pattern that is repeated at every scale and so cannot be represented by classical geometry
science, scientific discipline - a particular branch of scientific knowledge; "the science of genetics"
pure mathematics - the branches of mathematics that study and develop the principles of mathematics for their own sake rather than for their immediate usefulness
arithmetic - the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations
geometry - the pure mathematics of points and lines and curves and surfaces
affine geometry - the geometry of affine transformations
elementary geometry, Euclidean geometry, parabolic geometry - (mathematics) geometry based on Euclid's axioms
Euclidean axiom, Euclid's axiom, Euclid's postulate - (mathematics) any of five axioms that are generally recognized as the basis for Euclidean geometry
fractal geometry - (mathematics) the geometry of fractals; "Benoit Mandelbrot pioneered fractal geometry"
non-Euclidean geometry - (mathematics) geometry based on axioms different from Euclid's; "non-Euclidean geometries discard or replace one or more of the Euclidean axioms"
hyperbolic geometry - (mathematics) a non-Euclidean geometry in which the parallel axiom is replaced by the assumption that through any point in a plane there are two or more lines that do not intersect a given line in the plane; "Karl Gauss pioneered hyperbolic geometry"
elliptic geometry, Riemannian geometry - (mathematics) a non-Euclidean geometry that regards space as like a sphere and a line as like a great circle; "Bernhard Riemann pioneered elliptic geometry"
numerical analysis - (mathematics) the branch of mathematics that studies algorithms for approximating solutions to problems in the infinitesimal calculus
spherical geometry - (mathematics) the geometry of figures on the surface of a sphere
spherical trigonometry - (mathematics) the trigonometry of spherical triangles
analytic geometry, analytical geometry, coordinate geometry - the use of algebra to study geometric properties; operates on symbols defined in a coordinate system
plane geometry - the geometry of 2-dimensional figures
solid geometry - the geometry of 3-dimensional space
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[mæθ] N ABBR (US) = mathematicsmates fpl
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[ˈmæθ] n abbr (US) (=mathematics) → maths fpl
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n (US inf) → Mathe f (inf)
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"Trignometry," Norman said; "a higher form of math."
"And what is math?" was the next question, which, somehow, brought the laugh on Norman.
The first four at once pointed to a Christian name; evidently I said Math is Mathilde.
The math whizzes around us have brains that work a little differently, and have a different approach to quickly and mentally solving math problems like the one above, using systematic natural thinking.
It will feature settings that offer hands-on activities to engage children in learning fundamentals and reducing math anxiety in children and their adult caregivers.
The study, "Disassociating the relation between parents' math anxiety and children's math achievement: Long-term effects of a math app intervention," appears in the December issue of the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Krall, a math coach who has taught high school math, identifies three necessary conditions for teaching math students to become self-confident in math and demonstrate high achievement: academic safety, quality tasks, and teacher facilitation.
The Spirit of Math team was led by CEO and Co-founder Ms Kimberley Langen and included Nathan Langen (Director Business Development), James Polley (Director Campus Operations), Umar Amanullah (Director Marketing) and Zorain Masood (Operations Manager).
Except for those with dyscalculia, a specific learning disability in math, students can learn to love numbers and the challenges they pose with constant exposure.
9 November 2017 - Massachusetts, US-based educational materials supplier Curriculum Associates has acquired California, US-based instructional math games provider Motion Math, Inc.
Specifically, ineffective math instruction (Bekdemir, 2010; Hunsley & Flessati, 1988), teacher behavior (Jackson & Leffingwell, 1999; Levpuscek & Zupancic, 2009; Tobias, 1981), pressure from parents (Gunderson, Ramirez, Levine, & Beilock, 2011; Levpuscek & Zupancic, 2009; Mellon & Moutavelis, 2011), emphasis on product rather than process (Furner & Gonzalez-DeHass, 2011), and gender bias (Beilock, Gunderson, Ramirez & Levine, 2010; Gunderson et al., 2012) are some of the environmental antecedents identified.
As a result, these students with an affinity for math learn more complex material faster than even 10 years ago.