1. a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms;

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1. having the character of a polynomial;

- Example: "a polynomial expression"

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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]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

polynomial adj 1: having the character of a polynomial; "a polynomial expression" [syn: polynomial, multinomial] n 1: a mathematical function that is the sum of a number of terms [syn: polynomial, multinomial]The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

polynomial 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.