Meaning of “algorithm” in the English Dictionary

"algorithm" in English

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algorithmnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈæl.ɡə.rɪ.ðəm/ us /ˈæl.ɡə.rɪ.ðəm/
adjective /ˌæl.ɡəˈrɪð.mɪk/ /ˌæl.ɡəˈrɪð.mɪk/

an algorithmic search engine

Examples from literature

  • "I asked her how to find the calling procedure's program counter on the stack and she came up with an algorithm in real time." 
  • "That algorithm is bogus." 
  • Additionally, a more intelligent algorithm may imply more long-term complexity cost and bug-chasing than are justified by the speed improvement. 
  • The choice for people then is made by some algorithm or calculating machine. 
  • Those who are convinced that such patterns and algorithms capture the complete essence of the self view this prospect with pleasant anticipation. 

(Definition of “algorithm” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"algorithm" in American English

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algorithmnoun [ C ]


mathematics a list of instructions for solving a problem

(Definition of “algorithm” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"algorithm" in Business English

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algorithmnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈælɡərɪðəm/ us IT

a set of mathematical instructions that must be followed in a fixed order, and that, especially if given to a computer, will help to calculate an answer to a mathematical problem:

a computer/mathematical/search algorithm The exchanges created computer algorithm systems to recreate the trading activity.

(Definition of “algorithm” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)