equation
noun Date: 14th century 1. a. the act or process of equating b. (1) an element affecting a process ; factor (2) a complex of variable factors c. a state of being equated; specifically a state of close association or identification <
bring governmental enterprises and payment for them into immediate equation — R. G. Tugwell
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2. a. a usually formal statement of the equality or equivalence of mathematical or logical expressions b. an expression representing a chemical reaction quantitatively by means of chemical symbols

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