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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms.
  • noun A taxonomic designation consisting of more than two terms.
  • noun An algebraic expression consisting of one or more summed terms, each term consisting of a constant multiplier and one or more variables raised to integral powers. For example, x2 − 5x + 6 and 2p3q + y are polynomials.
  • noun An expression of two or more terms.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Containing many names or terms.
  • In Zoöl. and botany, Specifically, noting a method of nomenclature in which the technical names of species are not confined to two terms, the generic and the specific, as they are in the binomial system of nomenclature: as, a polynomial name; a polynomial system of nomenclature: contrasted with binomial and mononomial.
  • Also multinomial, plurinominal.
  • A technical name consisting of more than two terms; a-polyonym.
  • An algebraical expression consisting of two or more terms united by addition: as, Also multinomial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Containing many names or terms; multinominal.
  • adjective Consisting of two or more words; having names consisting of two or more words
  • noun (Alg.) An expression composed of two or more terms, connected by the signs plus or minus; as, a2 - 2ab + b2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective algebra Able to be described or limited by a polynomial.
  • adjective taxonomy of a polynomial name or entity
  • noun algebra An expression consisting of a sum of a finite number of terms, each term being the product of a constant coefficient and one or more variables raised to a non-negative integer power, such as .
  • noun taxonomy A taxonomic designation (such as of a subspecies) consisting of more than two terms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms
  • adjective having the character of a polynomial

Etymologies

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

[poly– + (bi)nomial.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

poly- + -nomial

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