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# algorithm

## CIDE DICTIONARY

**algorithm**, n. [OE.

*algorism*,

*algrim*,

*augrim*, OF.

*algorisme*, F.

*algorithme*(cf. Sp.

*algoritmo*, OSp.

*alguarismo*, LL.

*algorismus*), fr. the Ar.

*al-Khowārezmī*of Khowārezm, the modern Khiwa, surname of Abu Ja'far Mohammed ben Musā, 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.].

- The art of calculating by nine figures and zero; computation with Arabic figures. [
*1913 Webster*] - the Arabic system of numeration. [
*WordNet 1.5*] - The art of calculating with any species of notation; as, the algorithms of fractions, proportions, surds, etc. [
*1913 Webster*]

**algorithm**, n.

a precise rule (or set of rules) specifying how to solve some problem; a set of procedures guaranteed to find the solution to a problem. [

*WordNet 1.5*]## OXFORD DICTIONARY

**algorithm**, n. (also algorism)

1 Math. a process or set of rules used for calculation or problem-solving, esp. with a computer.

2 the Arabic or decimal notation of numbers.

Derivative

algorithmic adj.

Etymology

algorism ME ult. f. Pers. al-Kuwarizmi 9th-c. mathematician: algorithm infl. by Gk arithmos number (cf. F algorithme)

## THESAURUS

**algorithm**

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## ROGET THESAURUS

**algorithm**

### Numeration

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