Adjective "quadratic" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Involving the second and no higher power of an unknown quantity or variable.
  1. 'Smith also extended Gauss's theorem on real quadratic forms to complex quadratic forms.'
  2. 'Find the 2 roots and a continued fraction for a root of these quadratic equations.'
  3. 'He was able to use his methods to prove many results in the theory of quadratic forms and number theory.'


A quadratic equation.
  1. 'The sparseness of the quadratics is what is important here.'
  2. 'The thought that quadratics are now seen as ‘high brow’ really does, once again, make me despair.'


1. square.

2. Algebra. involving the square and no higher power of the unknown quantity; of the second degree. noun

3. a quadratic polynomial or equation.

More examples(as adjective)

"preferences can be quadratic in controls."

"correlations can be quadratic for values."

"forms can be quadratic."

"equations can be quadratic."

"terms can be quadratic."

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Mid 17th century: from French quadratique or modern Latin quadraticus, from quadratus ‘made square’, past participle of quadrare (see quadrate).