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[ih-kwey-zhuh n, -shuh n]
/ɪˈkweɪ ʒən, -ʃən/

1.

the act of equating or making equal; equalization:

the symbolic equation of darkness with death.

2.

equally balanced state; equilibrium.

3.

Mathematics. an expression or a proposition, often algebraic, asserting the equality of two quantities.

4.

Also called chemical equation. Chemistry. a symbolic representation showing the kind and amount of the starting materials and products of a reaction.

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Examples for equation

- Italian mathematicians engaged in bitter feuds, challenging each other to solve ever more complicated
*equation*s. - And the local people are certainly left out of the
*equation*. - In 1930, they created the concept to balance an
*equation*that was not adding up. - That
*equation*is patently incorrect. - Rental books have also been added to the
*equation*. - This calculation became celebrated as the Drake
*equation*—perhaps the best attempt so far to tame a wild guess. - Seem's like you're leaving Valor out of the
*equation*. - The pull of romance is also soon part of Rumi's
*equation*. - They can help frame our understanding but do not show causality; an
*equation*is an identity after all. - But you're just a small part of a larger
*equation*.

British Dictionary definitions for equation

/ɪˈkweɪʒən; -ʃən/

noun

1.

a mathematical statement that two expressions are equal: it is either an identity in which the variables can assume any value, or a conditional equation in which the variables have only certain values (roots)

2.

the act of regarding as equal; equating

3.

the act of making equal or balanced; equalization

4.

a situation, esp one regarded as having a number of conflicting elements what you want doesn't come into the equation

5.

the state of being equal, equivalent, or equally balanced

6.

a situation or problem in which a number of factors need to be considered

7.

8.

Derived Forms

equational, adjective

equationally, adverb

equationally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for equation

equation

late 14c., a term in astrology; meaning action of making equal is from 1650s; mathematical sense is from 1560s, on notion of equalizing the expressions; from L. aequationem, from aequare (see equal). Chemistry sense is from 1807.

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equation in Medicine

**equation** e·qua·tion (ĭ-kwā'zhən, -shən)*n.*

A statement asserting the equality of two mathematical expressions, usually written as a linear array of symbols that are separated into left and right sides and are joined by an equal sign.

A representation of a chemical reaction, usually written as a linear array in which the symbols and quantities of the reactants are separated from those of the products by an equal sign, an arrow, or a set of opposing arrows.

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equation in Science

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equation in Culture

An expression of equality between two formulas in mathematics. The two formulas are written with an equal sign between them: 2 + 2 = 4 is an equation, as is *E* = *mc*2.

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