from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of the measurement, properties, and relationships of quantities and sets, using numbers and symbols.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An abstract representational system used in the study of numbers, shapes, structure and change and the relationships between these concepts.
- n. A person's ability to count, calculate, and use different systems of mathematics at differing levels.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That science, or class of sciences, which treats of the exact relations existing between quantities or magnitudes, and of the methods by which, in accordance with these relations, quantities sought are deducible from other quantities known or supposed; the science of spatial and quantitative relations.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The science of quantity; the study of ideal constructions (often applicable to real problems), and the discovery thereby of relations between the parts of these constructions, before unknown.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a science (or group of related sciences) dealing with the logic of quantity and shape and arrangement
From Middle English mathematik, from Old French mathematique, from Latin mathēmatica, from Greek mathēmatikē (tekhnē), mathematical (science), feminine of mathēmatikos, mathematical; see mathematical.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin mathēmatica ("mathematics"), from Ancient Greek μαθηματικός (mathematikos, "fond of learning"), from μάθημα (máthema, "knowledge, study, learning"). (Wiktionary)