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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
 adj. Of, relating to, or consisting of more than two names or terms.
 n. A taxonomic designation consisting of more than two terms.
 n. Mathematics 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. Also called multinomial.
 n. Mathematics An expression of two or more terms.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/ShareAlike License
 adj. Able to be described or limited by a polynomial.
 adj. of a polynomial name or entity
 n. 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 nonnegative integer power, such as .
 n. A taxonomic designation (such as of a subspecies) consisting of more than two terms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
 adj. Containing many names or terms; multinominal.
 adj. Consisting of two or more words; having names consisting of two or more words
 n. An expression composed of two or more terms, connected by the signs plus or minus; as, a2  2ab + b2.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
 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; apolyonym.
 An algebraical expression consisting of two or more terms united by addition: as, Also multinomial.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
 n. a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms
 adj. having the character of a polynomial
Etymologies
Examples

In the above examples, each piecewise polynomial is defined on an interval with the same length and thus forms a uniform basis.

The idea was to start a pendulum from several different heights in order to cover a range of velocities and then to use simultaneous algebraic equations to fit a two or three term polynomial to two or three lostarc datapoints, changing the exponents until the polynomial achieved good agreement with the other lostarc data points.

This isn't a trivial difference; a model that can solve a problem in polynomial time really is fundamentally more powerful than one that takes exponential time.

And there are tons of computational complexity classes above the standard P and NP that represent problems that deterministic and nondeterministic Turing Machines can solve in polynomial time.

In this equation, d is called the polynomial's degree.

Also, all such calculations are done modulo another polynomial, which is called the irreducible polynomial for the field.

We call a polynomial p (x) with integer coefficients irreducible if p (x) cannot be written as a product of two polynomials with integer coefficients neither of which is a constant.

The degree of the polynomial is the degree of the term with highest degree.

 Key wireless functions such as polynomial generation and multiply  accumulate for despreading functions (up to 16 complex code MACs/cycle)  High precision FFTs with adaptive range management

(Since any polynomial which is zero in a neighborhood of a point must be identically zero.)
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