Meaning of MATHEMATICS in English


/ ˌmæθəˈmætɪks; NAmE / (also BrE informal maths / mæθs; NAmE /) (also NAmE informal math / mæθ; NAmE /) noun


[ U ] the science of numbers and shapes. Branches of mathematics include arithmetic , algebra , geometry and trigonometry :

the core subjects of English, Maths and Science

a maths teacher

the school mathematics curriculum


[ U+sing./pl. v . ] the process of calculating using numbers :

If my maths is / are right, the answer is 142.

Is your math correct?

►  math·emat·ic·al / ˌmæθəˈmætɪkl; NAmE / adjective :

mathematical calculations / problems / models

to assess children's mathematical ability

►  math·emat·ic·al·ly / -kli; NAmE / adverb :

It's mathematically impossible.

Some people are very mathematically inclined (= interested in and good at mathematics) .



late 16th cent.: plural of obsolete mathematic mathematics , from Old French mathematique , from Latin (ars) mathematica mathematical (art), from Greek mathēmatikē (tekhnē) , from the base of manthanein learn.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.