Meaning of MATHEMATICAL in English


|mathə|mad.]ə̇kəl, -at], ]ek- sometimes (ˈ)math|m- adjective

also math·e·mat·ic ]ik, ]ēk

Etymology: mathematical from Latin mathematicus mathematical (from Greek mathēmatikos mathematical, scientific, from mathēmat-, mathēma learning, mathematics — from mathein, manthanein to learn — + -ikos -ic) + English -al; mathematic from Latin mathematicus mathematical; akin to Old High German muntar prompt, awake, Old Norse munda to aim, Gothic mundon to pay attention to, Sanskrit medhā intelligence, wisdom; all from a prehistoric Indo-European combination whose first constituent means “mind” and is akin to Sanskrit manas mind and whose second constituent is akin to the verb represented by Sanskrit dadhāti he puts, places — more at mind , do


a. : of, relating to, or having the nature of mathematics

a mathematical textbook

mathematical problems

b. : derived by or in accordance with mathematics

a mathematical solution to a problem

c. : designed for use in connection with mathematics

slide rules and other mathematical instruments


a. : rigorously exact : perfectly accurate : absolute

hit the mathematical center of the target

had been leveled off with mathematical precision — T.B.Costain

b. : having an exactness or a regularity of proportions that suggests calculation by mathematics

a series of mathematical flower beds

c. : being beyond doubt or questioning : altogether positive : definite

mathematical proof

mathematical certainty

3. : statistically possible but highly improbable : bare , outside

has only a mathematical chance of making the playoffs

• math·e·mat·i·cal·ly -ə̇k(ə)lē, -ēk-, -li\ adverb

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.