V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a precise rule or set of rules for solving a problem

Synonyms: rule, formula, procedure, guide


Tips: The word algorithm is often used to refer to a technical, problem-solving procedure that can be consistently applied to derive a solution. Think of an equation that can be consistently applied to solve a mathematical problem. Algorithm is often used in technology, mathematics, computer sciences, and scientific research. Its origins are rooted in the Greek word arithmos, "number."

Usage Examples:

The computer program employed complex algorithms to simplify the processing of data. (formulas, problem-solving procedures)

The sales manager created a unique algorithm for his sales reps to use in identifying the best business prospects. (formula, step-by-step guide)

The students were asked to identify the algorithm for finding the hypotenuse of any triangle. (formula, rule)

The graphic designer created an algorithm for her assistant to use when creating a new page layout for the magazine. (step-by-step guide, rule, formula)

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