Definition of mathematical in US English:


(also mathematic)


  • 1Relating to mathematics.

    ‘mathematical equations’
    • ‘He also wrote on applications of the symbolic calculus to mathematical physics.’
    • ‘In Newton's theory of motion there is basically one mathematical equation to solve.’
    • ‘His mathematical work concentrates on set theory, where his concern is the nature of a set.’
    • ‘His interests are in discrete differential geometry and mathematical visualization.’
    • ‘For an asymmetric algorithm, it is easier to attack the underlying mathematical problem.’
    • ‘He did important work on differential equations and applications to mathematical physics.’
    • ‘His mathematical work covered Cartesian geometry and the theory of equations.’
    • ‘One of the most ancient of mathematical curiosities is the so-called magic square.’
    • ‘He is chiefly known, however, for his work on mathematical and statistical tables.’
    • ‘His most important mathematical contribution is the application of geometry to optics.’
    • ‘Sometimes this general theory is contemplated or worked out in terms of mathematical equations.’
    • ‘In mathematical language, the diagrams are graphs, and problems arise at the nodes of the graphs.’
    • ‘Do not be put off by the mathematical equation, because this is really not very complicated.’
    • ‘He also studied the foundations of geometry which was his own mathematical speciality.’
    • ‘The first phase of the process is to search for equations that satisfy certain mathematical properties.’
    • ‘The mathematician contemplates how the various mathematical ideas relate to each other.’
    • ‘The mathematical equations of Newton or Einstein make no explicit mention of direction in space.’
    • ‘He shook his head as he glossed over the mathematical equations again.’
    • ‘No mathematical theorem could require the number of pages these fellows were taking!’
    • ‘It introduced a complete system of mathematical and logical notation, yet none is used today.’
    arithmetical, arithmetic, numerical, statistical, algebraic, geometric, geometrical, trigonometric, trigonometrical, topological
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    1. 1.1 (of a proof or analysis) rigorously precise.
      ‘mathematical thinking’
      ‘he arranged the meal with mathematical precision on a plate’
      • ‘The whole show was precise and mathematical, but full of subtle light, warmth and feeling.’
      • ‘Better to be able to argue about the answer to a clue than to have such mathematical strictness.’
      • ‘You can see the point made with mathematical precision.’
      • ‘We're also delighted by the mathematical precision that he's used in calculating the future.’
      • ‘As always, what strikes one about French farce is its mix of mathematical precision and bizarre detail.’
      • ‘Yet there is nothing mathematical or precise about his career progression.’
      • ‘The movie evokes a mathematical precision in its depiction of coping with loss.’
      rigorous, meticulous, scrupulous, punctilious, scientific, strict, precise, exact, accurate, pinpoint, correct, careful, unerring
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Late Middle English: from Latin mathematicalis, from Greek mathēmatikos, from mathēma, mathēmat- ‘science’, from the base of manthanein ‘learn’.