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[noh-tey-shuh n] /noʊˈteɪ ʃən/
a system of graphic symbols for a specialized use, other than ordinary writing:
musical notation.
the process or method of noting or setting down by means of a special system of signs or symbols.
the act of noting, marking, or setting down in writing.
a note, jotting, or record; annotation:
notations in the margin.
Origin of notation
1560-70; < Latin notātiōn- (stem of notātiō) a marking, equivalent to notāt(us) (past participle of notāre to note) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
notational, adjective
nonnotational, adjective
renotation, noun
subnotation, noun
subnotational, adjective
unnotational, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for notation
  • notation should be considered a set of instructions for performers.
  • There is no notation on any transcript or diploma as to whether a student was on site or not.
  • Alphabets, syllabaries, and raised notation systems are all forms of writing systems.
  • It's a new way of realizing the promise of music notation.
  • He has since decided that this stark notation isn't such a good idea after all.
  • Note the dropping of vector notation due to ultimate laziness.
  • His overlapping expertise in computers and music led him to devise a system of musical notation for computers.
  • Our students also receive a notation on their transcripts so that anyone who reads them knows they cheated.
  • One can try to reproduce them from existing notation or use their vocabulary to do something creative and new.
  • There are moments of inspired experiment and psychological empathy or an acute observation or notation.
British Dictionary definitions for notation


any series of signs or symbols used to represent quantities or elements in a specialized system, such as music or mathematics
the act or process of notating
  1. the act of noting down
  2. a note or record
Derived Forms
notational, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin notātiō a marking, from notāre to note
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Word Origin and History for notation

1560s, "explanation of a term," from Middle French notation and directly from Latin notationem (nominative notatio) "a marking, notation, designation; etymology; shorthand; explanation," noun of action from past participle stem of notare "to note" (see note (v.)). Meaning "note, annotation" is from 1580s. Meaning "system of representing numbers or quantities by signs or symbols" is attested from 1706. Related: Notational.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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