absolute value

ab·so·lute val·ue
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot val-yoo]
    • /ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut ˈvæl yu/
    • /ˈæbsəluːt ˈvæljuː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh-loot, ab-suh-loot val-yoo]
    • /ˈæb səˌlut, ˌæb səˈlut ˈvæl yu/

Definitions of absolute value words

  • noun absolute value the positive real number equal to a given real but disregarding its sign. Written | x |. Where r is positive, | r | = r = | –r | 3
  • noun absolute value a measure of the magnitude of a complex number, represented by the length of a line in the Argand diagram: |x + iy | = √(x2 + y2), so | 4 + 3i | = 5 3
  • noun absolute value the magnitude of a real number, disregarding its positive or negative sign 3
  • noun absolute value the magnitude of a complex number; modulus 3
  • noun absolute value Also called numerical value. the magnitude of a quantity, irrespective of sign; the distance of a quantity from zero. The absolute value of a number is symbolized by two vertical lines, as |3| or |−3| is equal to 3. 2
  • noun absolute value the square root of the sum of the squares of the real and imaginary parts of a given complex number, as |a + b i | is equal to . 1

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Origin of absolute value

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
First recorded in 1905-10

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Parts of speech for Absolute value


absolute value popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 3% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
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