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(of an algebraic expression) consisting of one term.
noun
Mathematics
An algebraic expression consisting of one term.
‘Having given rules for multiplication and division of monomials he then looked at ‘composite quantities’ or sums of monomials.’
‘We have checked that using the simpler monomial does not influence the results in any regime discussed.’
‘The essence of this method is in finding coefficients of basic monomials via the number of possible arrangements of a graph on a finite linearly ordered set that preserves the order of location of vertices.’
‘He was first to define the monomials x, x 2, x 3,… and 1 / x, 1 / x 2, 1 / x 3,… and to give rules for products of any two of these.’
‘We next observe that the characteristic polynomial factors into the product of a quadratic polynomial and a monomial.’
Origin
Early 18th century: from mono- ‘one’, on the pattern of binomial.