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

  • n. The Arabic system of numeration; the decimal system.
  • n. Computation with Arabic figures.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Obsolete spelling of algorithm.
  • n. Computing in, or using, Arabic numerals.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of calculating by nine figures and zero; computation with Arabic figures.
  • n. the Arabic system of numeration.
  • n. The art of calculating with any species of notation

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In arithmetic, the Arabic system of notation; hence, the art of computation with the Arabic figures, now commonly called arithmetic.
  • n. Any peculiar method of computing, as the rule for finding the greatest common measure.
  • n. Any method of notation: as, the differential algorism.
  • n. Also written algorithm.

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

  • n. the Arabic (or decimal) system of numeration
  • n. computation with Arabic figures


Middle English algorisme, from Old French, from Medieval Latin algorismus, after Muhammad ibn-Musa al-KHWARIZMI.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English algorisme, from Old French algorisme, from Medieval Latin algorismus. See algorithm. (Wiktionary)



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