from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An algebraic quantity that when raised to a certain power equals zero.
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- adj. Describing an element, of a ring, for which there exists some positive integer n such that xn = 0.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In mathematics, vanishing on being raised to a certain power. Thus, if i be such an expression in multiple algebra that i × i × i = 0, i is nilpotent
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- adj. equal to zero when raised to a certain power
nil + Latin potēns, potent-, having power; see potent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)