# algorithmic

## algorithm

[al-guh-rith-uhm]
noun
a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, as for finding the greatest common divisor.

Origin:
1890–95; variant of algorism, by association with Greek arithmós number. See arithmetic

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 algorithm (ˈælɡəˌrɪðəm) —n 1. Compare heuristic a logical arithmetical or computational procedure that if correctly applied ensures the solution of a problem 2. logic, maths a recursive procedure whereby an infinite sequence of terms can be generated [C17: changed from algorism, through influence of Greek arithmos number] algo'rithmic —adj algo'rithmically —adv

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algorithm
1690s, from Fr. algorithme, refashioned (under mistaken connection with Gk. arithmos "number") from O.Fr. algorisme "the Arabic numeral system," from M.L. algorismus, a mangled transliteration of Arabic al-Khwarizmi "native of Khwarazm," surname of the mathematician whose works introduced sophisticated
mathematics to the West (see algebra). The earlier form in M.E. was algorism (early 13c.), from O.Fr. Modern use of algorithmic to describe symbolic rules or language is from 1881.
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algorithm al·go·rithm (āl'gə-rĭð'əm)
n.
A step-by-step protocol, as for management of health care problems.

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 algorithm   (āl'gə-rĭ'əm)  Pronunciation Key  A finite set of unambiguous instructions performed in a prescribed sequence to achieve a goal, especially a mathematical rule or procedure used to compute a desired result. Algorithms are the basis for most computer programming.
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algorithm [(al-guh-rith-uhm)]

A set of instructions for solving a problem, especially on a computer. An algorithm for finding your total grocery bill, for example, would direct you to add up the costs of individual items to find the total.

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