algorism

algorism

[al-guh-riz-uhm]
noun Mathematics Now Rare.
1.
the Arabic system of arithmetical notation (with the figures 1, 2, 3, etc.).
2.
the art of computation with the Arabic figures, one to nine, plus the zero; arithmetic.

Origin:
1200–1250; < Medieval Latin algorismus < Arabic al the + kh(u)wārizmī (surname of a 9th-century Muslim mathematician), equivalent to khwārizm Khiva + suffix of appurtenance; replacing Middle English augrim, algrim < Middle French < Medieval Latin

algorismic, adjective
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algorism (ˈælɡəˌrɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the Arabic or decimal system of counting
2.  the skill of computation using any system of numerals
3.  another name for algorithm
 
[C13: from Old French algorisme, from Medieval Latin algorismus, from Arabic al-khuwārizmi, from the name of abu-Ja`far Mohammed ibn-Mūsa al-Khuwārizmi, ninth-century Persian mathematician]
 
algo'rismic
 
adj

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