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Definition of math in English:
math
noun
North AmericanMathematics.
‘she teaches math and science’- ‘We had started some math and they took to it as quickly as they had words and letters.’
- ‘In fact, it looked as though he had forgotten how to do math altogether.’
- ‘The math is dumbed down a bit as is necessary for a mass market book like this.’
- ‘I think my sensibilities were running more towards arts and humanities than math and science.’
- ‘Do various science or math theories belong, at all, in the world of literary criticism?’
- ‘He always came top of the class in math so I thought he would be useful for once.’
- ‘This philosopher made a name for himself by using math to solve science hundreds of years ago.’
- ‘He has also complained that they've kept him from teaching math to his fellow inmates.’
- ‘It's not giving the kids much of a break if everything has to teach them about tolerance or math.’
- ‘It was laborious and tedious and horrible, but it got me interested in math.’
- ‘You had to know the length of your title and then do some math to get you to the right place to start.’
- ‘During the day my mind was occupied with thoughts of math, literature, English, and history.’
- ‘I chuckle and look back to where my ancestors, several hundred years ago, began learning to do math.’
- ‘At my hotel, a professor came every morning to teach math and reading skills to the workers.’
- ‘Also, it was said that the review recommended that math and physics come together a bit.’
- ‘This brings me to my next point, which is how highly treasured math and science are.’
- ‘If you can add and know the difference between a one and a zero, you can do binary math.’
- ‘Students in math know that the essence of the subject lies in theorems and proofs.’
- ‘It was the first time in my life that I understood why people are terrified of math.’
- ‘More undergraduates need to be motivated to specialize in math or the sciences.’
arithmetical problem, problem, calculation, reckoning, tally, questionView synonyms
Phrases
do the math
informal [often in imperative]Make a calculation or come to a conclusion based on the relevant facts and figures, typically with the implication that the result is or should be obvious.
‘Did closing thirty beds hurt emergency waiting times? You do the math!’‘diesel prices in my area are approximately 7% more than regular gas, but the mileage is over 20% greater—do the math’- ‘Many companies pay lip service to the notion that employees are their most valuable assets, but few have actually done the math.’
- ‘Because we've done the math on this before, we'll leave it alone and assume that the president is counting on a huge surge in revenues.’
- ‘Since the first film in this series was pretty bad, well, I think you can do the math.’
- ‘The whole thing's smelly already, I think the people can do the math, don't you?’
- ‘If you do the math, you can see it was hardly risky at all.’
- ‘Spooner did the math, figured he would lose money on anything more than 3 cents a click, and declined the offer.’
- ‘I did the math on cable once when I moved, and figured I'd be paying about $10 a show, so I never bothered to get it hooked up.’
- ‘We got a couple hundred boxes per show, and we played 200 shows a year, so do the math!’
- ‘Six kids, one bathroom—you do the math.’
- ‘So do the math before committing your college savings to a plan that's going to fritter away your tax benefits.’
Origin
Mid 19th century: abbreviation.
Pronunciation:
math
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