Algorism
Algorism Al"go*rism, Algorithm Al"go*rithm, n. [OE. algorism, algrim, augrim, OF. algorisme, F. algorithme (cf. Sp. algoritmo, OSp. alguarismo, LL. algorismus), fr. the Ar. al-Khow[=a]rezm[=i] of Khow[=a]rezm, the modern Khiwa, surname of Abu Ja'far Mohammed ben Mus[=a], author of a work on arithmetic early in the 9th century, which was translated into Latin, such books bearing the name algorismus. The spelling with th is due to a supposed connection with Gr. ? number.] 1. The art of calculating by nine figures and zero; computation with Arabic figures. [1913 Webster]

2. the Arabic system of numeration.

Syn: decimal system [WordNet 1.5]

3. The art of calculating with any species of notation; as, the algorithms of fractions, proportions, surds, etc. [1913 Webster]


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  • algorism — [al′gə riz΄əm] n. [ME & OFr algorisme < ML algorismus, after Ar al Khwārazmī, lit., native of Khwārazm (Khiva), mathematician of the 9th c. A.D.] 1. the Arabic system of numerals; decimal system of counting 2. the act or skill of computing… …   English World dictionary

  • Algorism — Not to be confused with Algorithm. Calculating Table by Gregor Reisch: Margarita Philosophica, 1508 Algorism is the technique of performing basic arithmetic by writing numbers in place value form and applying a set of memorized rules and facts to …   Wikipedia

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  • algorism — algorismic, adj. /al geuh riz euhm/, n. Math. Now Rare. 1. the Arabic system of arithmetical notation (with the figures 1, 2, 3, etc.). 2. the art of computation with the Arabic figures, one to nine, plus the zero; arithmetic. 3. algorithm. [1200 …   Universalium

  • Algorism — System of Arabic numeration, arithmetic. European acquaintance with and adoption of Arabic numerals came from translations of Arab mathematicians, esp. in Moorish Spain. [< Ar. al Khwarizmi = a 9c Arab mathematician; thus also, algorithm] Cf.… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • algorism — n. decimal numeral system; numeration with Arabic numerals …   English contemporary dictionary

  • algorism — al·go·rism …   English syllables

  • algorism — al•go•rism [[t]ˈæl gəˌrɪz əm[/t]] n. math. the Arabic system of arithmetical notation (with the figures 1, 2, 3, etc.) • Etymology: 1200–1250; ME augrim, algrim < MF < ML algorismus < Ar al the +kh(u) wārizmī (surname of a 9th cent.… …   From formal English to slang

  • algorism — /ˈælgərɪzəm/ (say alguhrizuhm) noun 1. the Arabic system of arithmetical notation (with the figures 1, 2, 3, etc.). 2. the art of computation with the Arabic figures, one to nine, plus the zero; arithmetic. 3. → algorithm. {Middle English… …   Australian English dictionary

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