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noun
A medieval university course involving the ‘mathematical arts’ of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music.
Compare with trivium- ‘The trivium and the quadrivium represented the available means of expression.’
- ‘Arts students studied the trivium, parts of the quadrivium, and an increasingly large amount of Aristotle.’
- ‘Pacioli's four mathematical disciplines are the antique and medieval quadrivium.’
- ‘And yet our curricula still reflect the priorities of the 1893 Committee of Ten, if not the shadows of the medieval trivium and quadrivium.’
- ‘He then progressed to the quadrivium, studying geometry, arithmetic, music and astronomy.’
Origin
Latin, literally the place where four roads meet (in late Latin the four branches of mathematics), from quadri- four + via road.
Pronunciation:
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