# Definition of 'algebra'

uncountable noun

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noun

1.

a branch of mathematics in which arithmetical operations and relationships are generalized by using alphabetic symbols to represent unknown numbers or members of specified sets of numbers

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## Word origin of 'algebra'

C14: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic al-jabr the bone-setting, reunification, mathematical reduction noun

1.

a mathematical system using symbols, esp. letters, to generalize certain arithmetic operations and relationships (Ex.: x + y = x2 represents a unique relationship between x and y, and has an infinite number of examples, as 3 + 6 = 9)

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## Word origin of 'algebra'

ME < ML < Ar al-jabr, the reunion of broken parts < al, the + jabara, to reunite## Example sentences containing 'algebra'

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## Translations for 'algebra'

British English: algebra NOUN

*Algebra*is a type of mathematics in which letters are used to represent possible quantities.In algebra a minus times a minus equals a plus.## Source

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