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[al-juh-brey-ik] /ˌæl dʒəˈbreɪ ɪk/
of, occurring in, or utilizing algebra.
Mathematics. of or relating to an element that is the root of a polynomial equation with coefficients from some given field:
is algebraic over the field of real numbers.
using arbitrary letters or symbols in place of the letters, symbols, or numbers of an actual application.
Origin of algebraic
1655-65; algebra + -ic
Related forms
algebraically, adverb
nonalgebraic, adjective
nonalgebraical, adjective
nonalgebraically, adverb
prealgebraic, adjective
subalgebraic, adjective
subalgebraical, adjective
subalgebraically, adverb
unalgebraical, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for algebraic


of or relating to algebra: an algebraic expression
using or relating to finite numbers, operations, or relationships
Derived Forms
algebraically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for algebraic

1660s, from algebra + -ic. Earlier was algebraical (1570s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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algebraic in Technology

An early system on MIT's Whirlwind.
[CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

In domain theory, a complete partial order is algebraic if every element is the least upper bound of some chain of compact elements. If the set of compact elements is countable it is called omega-algebraic.
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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