In mathematics, a polynomial is an expression of finite length constructed from variables (also called indeterminates) and constants, using only the operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and non-negative integer exponents.

polynomial adj : having the character of a polynomial; "a polynomial expression" [syn: {multinomial}] n : a mathematical expression that is the sum of a number of terms [syn: {multinomial}]

Polynomial \Pol`y*no"mi*al\, a. 1. Containing many names or terms; multinominal; as, the polynomial theorem. [1913 Webster] 2. Consisting of two or more words; having names consisting of two or more words; as, a polynomial name; polynomial nomenclature. [1913 Webster]

Polynomial \Pol`y*no"mi*al\, n. [Poly- + -nomial, as in monomial, binomial: cf. F. polyn[^o]me.] (Alg.) An expression composed of two or more terms, connected by the signs plus or minus; as, a^{2} - 2ab + b^{2}. [1913 Webster]

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In mathematics, the term quadratic describes something that pertains to squares, to the operation of squaring, to terms of the second degree, or equations or formulas that involve such terms.

quadratic adj 1: of or relating to or resembling a square; "quadratic shapes" 2: of or relating to the second power; "quadratic equation" n 1: an equation in which the highest power of an unknown quantity is a square [syn: {quadratic equation}] 2: a polynomial of the second degree [syn: {quadratic polynomial}]

Quadratic \Quad*rat"ic\, a. [Cf. F. quadratique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to a square, or to squares; resembling a quadrate, or square; square. [1913 Webster] 2. (Crystallog.) Tetragonal. [1913 Webster] 3. (Alg.) Pertaining to terms of the second degree; as, a quadratic equation, in which the highest power of the unknown quantity is a square. [1913 Webster]

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