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[op-uh-rand] /ˈɒp əˌrænd/
noun, Mathematics
a quantity upon which a mathematical operation is performed.
Origin of operand
1885-90; < Late Latin operandum, gerund of operārī; see operate Unabridged
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Examples from the web for operand
  • Indicates whether the operand may be referenced via a statement label or the source code line number.
  • The operand of the throw is syntactically similar to the operand of a return statement.
  • The operand which appears on the left-hand side of a binary infix operator.
  • Select your operand and enter some or all of the commodity or carrier location.
British Dictionary definitions for operand


a quantity or function upon which a mathematical or logical operation is performed
Word Origin
C19: from Latin operandum (something) to be worked upon, from operārī to work
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Word Origin and History for operand

1886, from Latin operandum, neuter gerundive of operari (see operation).

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operand in Technology

An argument of an operator or of a machine language instruction.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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