n. 1 the branch of mathematics that uses letters and other general symbols to represent numbers and quantities in formulae and equations. 2 a system of this based on given axioms (linear algebra; the algebra of logic). algebraic adj. algebraical adj. algebraically adv. algebraist n.
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