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Pronunciation:  `pâlee'nowmeeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a mathematical expression that is the sum of a number of terms
  2. [adj]  having the character of a polynomial; "a polynomial expression"

POLYNOMIAL is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: amount, biquadratic, biquadratic polynomial, monic polynomial, quadratic, quadratic polynomial, quartic polynomial, series, sum, total



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}.
  2. \Pol`y*no"mi*al\, a.
    1. Containing many names or terms; multinominal; as, the
       polynomial theorem.
    2. Consisting of two or more words; having names consisting
       of two or more words; as, a polynomial name; polynomial
Computing Dictionary

1. An arithmetic expression composed by summing multiples of powers of some variable.

        P(x) = sum a_i x^i for i = 0 .. N

The multipliers, a_i, are known as "coefficients" and N, the highest power of x with a non-zero coefficient, is known as the "degree" of the polynomial. If N=0 then P(x) is constant, if N=1, P(x) is linear in x. N=2 gives a "quadratic" and N=3, a "cubic".

2. polynomial-time.