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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An expression used to distinguish or separate other expressions in a quantity or equation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An expression that gives information about the roots of a polynomial; for example, the expression D = b2 - 4ac determines whether the roots of the quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0 are real and distinct (D > 0), real and equal (D = 0) or complex (D < 0).
  • adj. Serving to discriminate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The eliminant of the n partial differentials of any homogenous function of n variables. See eliminant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In mathematics, the eliminant of the n differential coefficients of a homogeneous function of n variables.
  • Implying equal roots or a node.
  • n. Discriminating.

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