# Algorism

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## Definition of the noun algorism

What does algorism mean as a name of something?

**noun** - plural: algorisms

- the Arabic (or decimal) system of numeration
- lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
- more generic terms: decimal number system / decimal numeration system / decimal system = a positional system of numeration that uses decimal digits and a base of ten

- computation with Arabic figures
- lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
- more generic word: arithmetic = the branch of pure mathematics dealing with the theory of numerical calculations

### Alternative definition of the noun algorism

**noun**

- Computing in, or using, Arabic numerals.

## Explanation

**Algorism** is the technique of performing basic arithmetic by writing numbers in place value form and applying a set of memorized rules and facts to the digits. One who practices algorism is known as an algorist. This system largely superseded earlier calculation systems that used a different set of symbols for each numerical magnitude and in some cases required a device such as an abacus.

## Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Algorism

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### Arithmetical Institutions (1735)

Containing a Compleat System of Arithmetic Natural, Logarithmical, and Algebraical in All Their Branches: ... By the Rev. Mr. John Kirkby by John Kirkby

Natural * Algorism is that which proceeds by the Natural
Numbers*. Definition III. 253. Artificial

*. B C H A ft, Chap.*

**Algorism**is that which proceeds by Artificial Numbers, substituted in the Room of Natural ones, called Logarithms### The European Mathematical Awakening (2013)

A Journey Through the History of Mathematics from 1000 To 1800 by Frank J. Swetz

* Algorism is the first definition introduced by HEC ALGORISMUS ARS PRESENS
DlClTUR', IN CLUA TALI' BUS INDORUM FRUIMUR BIS Q'UINQI'JE FIGURIS*.1
Then follows in fifteenth century English—This hook is called the hook ...

### Rara Arithmetica (1908)

A Catalogve of the Arithmetics Written Before the Year MDCI by David Eugene Smith, George Arthur Plimpton

This rather early Spanish monastic treatise on
* algorism is the third of three manuscripts in the same hand, written c*. 1450, of
which the ...

### Mathematics and Multi-Ethnic Students (2013)

Exemplary Practices by Yvelyne Germain- Mc Carthy, Katharine Owens

” By some accounts, * the word algorism is an old word for
arithmetic*. SAMAR SARMINI: MUSLIMS AND INHERITANCE PORTIONS 111
Problem Solving.

### The Medieval Craft of Memory (2003)

An Anthology of Texts and Pictures by Mary Carruthers, Jan M. Ziolkowski

* The algorism is the system of base-10 numerical calculation using Arabic* ...

### The School Journal (1903)

* The word algorism is the Arabic name for arithmetic*. The collection included also
the history of numerals. The first traces of our numerals are found in a cave in
India, at Nana Ghat, near Bombay. They date from about 250 B. C. Up to 1250
the ...

### Dictionary of Logic as Applied in the Study of Language (2013)

Concepts/Methods/Theories by W. Marciszewski

has been derived as a combination of
**the word “algorism**,” which in the middle ages denoted the art of computing using
Arabic numerals, and the Greek word “arithmós” (number). **The word “algorism**” ...

### The New American Webster Handy College Dictionary (2006)

Includes Abbreviations, Geographical Names, Foreign Words and Phrases, Forms of Address, Weights and Measures, Signs and Symbols by Albert Morehead, Philip D. Morehead, Loy Morehead

**algorism**, algorithm <-» **The word algorism** comes from
the name of an Arab mathematician, al- Khuwarizmi, the man of Khuwarizm.
Algorithm arose in the 17th c. as an alternative spelling. al'gO'rithm (al'ga-rith-sm)
n.

### Dictionary of Early English (1955)

by Joseph T. Shipley

alexipharmac **algorism** contagion was an alexiteric or
alexitery. The PHILOSOPHICAL TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY for
1671 declare that the heart or liver of a viper is one of the greatest alexitery's in
the world ...

### Encyclopaedia of Antiquities, and Elements of Archaeology, Classical and Mediaeval (1825)

In Two Volumes by Thomas Dudley Fosbroke

From Chaucer's Augrim (**Algorism**) stones, and
Nares's Glossary, it appears, that pebbles and milled sixpences were also used.

### The anti-absurd or phrenotypic English pronouncing & orthographical dictionary (1845)

by Bartłomiej Beniowski

ALEcrayom ANCY Alesktri- **ALGoRISM** Algorizm 9m Anste ALGoRITHM
Algorighm li ALEGAR AlegAr ALIAs alias l ALEHoof albuf ALIBI Aliby \!.
ALEHouse albăs ALIBLE Alibl *. ALEHous EREEPER albăs- AlIEN alien . . .
kepur ALIENABLE ...

### Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences (2002)

by Ivor Grattan-Guinness

whose name was Latinized in the
twelfth centuryas Algorismi (hence our word '**algorism**' or, less correctly, '
algorithm').

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## Scrabble value of A_{1}L_{1}G_{2}O_{1}R_{1}I_{1}S_{1}M_{3}

The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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