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Definition of the noun algorism

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noun - plural: algorisms

  1. the Arabic (or decimal) system of numeration
  2. 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


  1. Computing in, or using, Arabic numerals.


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 This system largely superseded earlier calculation systems that used a different set of symbols for each numerical magnitude and in some cases required a device such as an abacus.

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Google previewArithmetical 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 Algorism is that which proceeds by Artificial Numbers, substituted in the Room of Natural ones, called Logarithms. B C H A ft, Chap.

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewRara 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 ...

Google previewMathematics 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.

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewDictionary 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” ...

Google previewThe 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.

Google previewDictionary 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 ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia 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.

Google previewThe 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 ...

Google previewCompanion 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 A1L1G2O1R1I1S1M3

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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