# Meaning of algebra in English

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## Noun

algebra### Etymology

late Middle English: from Italian, Spanish, and medieval Latin, from Arabic al-jabr‘the reunion of broken parts’, ‘bone-setting’, from jabara‘reunite, restore’. The original sense, ‘the surgical treatment of fractures’, probably came via Spanish, in which it survives; the mathematical sense comes from the title of a book, ‘ilm al-jabr wa'l-muqābala‘the science of restoring what is missing and equating like with like’, by the mathematician al-Ḵwārizmī (see algorithm)### Definitions

1. the mathematics of generalized arithmetical operations

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