# Definition of arithmetic

### Definitions

noun

1. the branch of mathematics concerned with numerical calculations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division

2. one or more calculations involving numerical operations

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### Derived forms

arithmetically (ˌarithˈmetically) adverb

arithmetician (aˌrithmeˈtician)

noun

### Word origin of 'arithmetic'

C13: from Latin arithmētica, from Greek arithmētikē, from arithmein to count, from arithmos number## arithmetic for learners of English*Powered by* COBUILD

### Definitions

pronunciation note: The noun is pronounced (ərɪθmɪtɪk ). The adjective is pronounced (ærɪθmetɪk ).1. uncountable noun

Arithmetic is the part of mathematics that is concerned with the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers. ⇒ ...teaching the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic. ⇒ ...an arithmetic test.

2. uncountable noun [oft poss N]

3. uncountable noun

If you refer to the arithmetic of a situation, you are concerned with those aspects of it that can be expressed in numbers, and how they affect the situation. ⇒ The budgetary arithmetic suggests that government borrowing is set to surge. ⇒ The arithmetic is finely balanced: the socialists and their allies do not have an overall majority.

4. adjective [ADJ n]

Arithmetic means relating to or consisting of calculations involving numbers. arithmetical ⇒ ...a processor which performs simple arithmetic operations such as adding or multiplying numbers.

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### Example sentences containing 'arithmetic'

He doesn't think life has any problems that can't be solved by common sense and arithmetic. THE INNOCENTS AT HOME (A SUPERINTENDENT KENWORTHY NOVEL)Montagu did some arithmetic doodling on a scrap of paper. A BODY SURROUNDED BY WATEROliver had already taught her to read quite well, and had begun her on simple arithmetic. THE AMBASSADOR'S WOMENHe believes himself to be carcinogenic, and if one does the arithmetic , he is. SUMMER OF FEAR## Trends of 'arithmetic'

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## Translations for 'arithmetic'

British English: arithmetic NOUN

*Arithmetic*is the part of mathematics that is concerned with the addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of numbers....teaching the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic.- Brazilian Portuguese: aritmética
- Chinese: 算术
- European Spanish: aritmética
- French: arithmétique
- German: Rechnen
- Italian: aritmetica
- Japanese: 算数
- Korean: 산수
- Portuguese: aritmética
- Spanish: aritmética

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