from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A step-by-step problem-solving procedure, especially an established, recursive computational procedure for solving a problem in a finite number of steps.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A precise step-by-step plan for a computational procedure that possibly begins with an input value and yields an output value in a finite number of steps.
- n. Calculation with Arabic numerals; algorism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem; a set of procedures guaranteed to find the solution to a problem.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An erroneous form of algorism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem
Variant (probably influenced by arithmetic) of algorism.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French algorithme; from the Old French algorisme ("the Arabic numeral system"), a modification likely due to a mistaken connection with Ancient Greek ἀριθμός (arithmos); from Medieval Latin algorismus, a transliteration of Arabicized form of the name of the Persian mathematician al-Khwārizmī (الخوارزمي ("native of Khwarezm")). (Wiktionary)