Theorem
Theorem The"o*rem, n. [L. theorema, Gr. ? a sight, speculation, theory, theorem, fr. ? to look at, ? a spectator: cf. F. th['e]or[`e]me. See {Theory}.] 1. That which is considered and established as a principle; hence, sometimes, a rule. [1913 Webster]

Not theories, but theorems (?), the intelligible products of contemplation, intellectual objects in the mind, and of and for the mind exclusively. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

By the theorems, Which your polite and terser gallants practice, I re-refine the court, and civilize Their barbarous natures. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

2. (Math.) A statement of a principle to be demonstrated. [1913 Webster]

Note: A theorem is something to be proved, and is thus distinguished from a problem, which is something to be solved. In analysis, the term is sometimes applied to a rule, especially a rule or statement of relations expressed in a formula or by symbols; as, the binomial theorem; Taylor's theorem. See the Note under {Proposition}, n., 5. [1913 Webster]

{Binomial theorem}. (Math.) See under {Binomial}.

{Negative theorem}, a theorem which expresses the impossibility of any assertion.

{Particular theorem} (Math.), a theorem which extends only to a particular quantity.

{Theorem of Pappus}. (Math.) See {Centrobaric method}, under {Centrobaric}.

{Universal theorem} (Math.), a theorem which extends to any quantity without restriction. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
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• Theorem — The o*rem, v. t. To formulate into a theorem. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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• theorem — (n.) 1550s, from M.Fr. théorème, from L.L. theorema, from Gk. theorema spectacle, speculation, in Euclid proposition to be proved, from theorein to consider (see THEORY (Cf. theory)) …   Etymology dictionary

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• theorem — ► NOUN 1) Physics & Mathematics a general proposition not self evident but proved by a chain of reasoning. 2) Mathematics a rule expressed by symbols or formulae. ORIGIN Greek the r ma speculation, proposition …   English terms dictionary