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notation (n.)

1560s, "explanation of a term" (a sense now obsolete), from French notation (14c.) and directly from Latin notationem (nominative notatio) "a marking, notation, designation; etymology; shorthand; explanation," noun of action from past-participle stem of notare "to note" (see note (v.)). Meaning "a note, an annotation" is from 1580s. Meaning "system of representing numbers or quantities by signs or symbols" is attested from 1706. Related: Notational.

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Definitions of notation from WordNet

notation (n.)
a technical system of symbols used to represent special things;
Synonyms: notational system
notation (n.)
a comment or instruction (usually added);
he added a short notation to the address on the envelope
Synonyms: note / annotation
notation (n.)
the activity of representing something by a special system of marks or characters;
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