@Meg – of course, you can also have a single statistic – which would be a stat. Stem and Leaf: A graphic organizer used to organize and compare data. For instance, 12 x 12 or 12 squared is 144, so the square root of 144 is 12. As an abbreviation of “mathematics” I would still go for “maths”. Circumference: The complete distance around a circle or a square. Would you ever say ‘physic’ instead of physics? “Maths.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maths. It’s seems like a sort of political correctness applied to language.

Speakers of British English, however, would always say “maths”, as in “I took a degree in maths”. Box and Whisker Plot/Chart: A graphical representation of data that shows differences in distributions and plots data set ranges. The word “mathematics” can be considered as a singular and as a plural noun.

When you put an “s” on something… it sounds like this to me: I tend to agree with many others though – this is just another of many regional preferences. Inequality: A mathematical equation expressing inequality and containing a greater than (>), less than (<), or not equal to (≠) symbol. Mathematics is a plural word but is also used for the singular. And whichever is the case, I can accept the North Americans use of ‘math’ (However wrong it sounds to my ears!). I don’t know of any American who would see “maths” as anything but a typo. Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free! I am British (born and brought up in England) and I did a degree in Mathematics. Denominator: The bottom number of a fraction. Sector: The area between an arc and two radii of a circle, sometimes referred to as a wedge. Want to improve your English in five minutes a day? I don’t follow your argument there. It sounds unnatural and very ‘American’ in a forced way. What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'. @Sumesh: Do you always capitalise “maths” or did you just do so to make it stand out? Mathematics, though treated as a singular, isn’t referring to just one ‘thing’. Learn a new word every day. I like the way people refer to British English in order to avoid the more obvious term, “English English”. Y-Axis: The vertical axis in a coordinate plane. I actually find the pronunciation of maths as ‘mats’ really wierd and I, as a consequence, use Math instead. At worst, it can be said to be a form of racism or cultural snobbishness. Angle Bisector: The line dividing an angle into two equal angles. Formula: A rule that numerically describes the relationship between two or more variables. polis? Ellipse: An ellipse looks like a slightly flattened circle and is also known as a plane curve. What made you want to look up maths?

There is: a very popular building-bricks toy that, if you have children, you’re probably all too used to stepping on.

Like Terms: Terms with the same variable and same exponents/powers. Polynomial: The sum of two or more monomials. Send us feedback.

Tree Diagram: Used in probability to show all possible outcomes or combinations of an event. Readers in the UK, for example, sometimes get very upset if someone writes “math” rather than “maths”. Probability: The likelihood of an event happening. The English spoken in England today has no more claim on “seniority” than any other dialect does. I don’t often agree with North American spelling but I have to agree with them on “math” over “maths”, although that would only apply for “math” as a synonym for “calculations”. It depends! I, an American, often use the British forms of words, in writing or speech, because I find them to be more euphonious than their American counterparts. The other isolates itself, accepting no new words from out of the US but forcing its words and spelling on all others. Linear Equation: An equation that contains two variables and can be plotted on a graph as a straight line. Binomial: A polynomial equation with two terms usually joined by a plus or minus sign.

But this is how most North Americans do abbreviate the word. Complementary Angles: Two angles that together equal 90°. Further more, North America was initially populate by English (discovery and invasion aside), hence the war against England for Independence. RunPhoto, Getty Images Science, Tech, Math. Rod stated ‘The English language originated in England’.

I digress though.

Base 10: Number system that assigns place value to numbers. It’s manufactured by a company called LEGO.

Abacus: An early counting tool used for basic arithmetic. Do we all need to reevaluate our positions? Geometry: The study of lines, angles, shapes, and their properties.

Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Right Triangle: A triangle with one right angle.

Really? @Michaela – bad examples, as bike, croc, and pub are all singular shortenings of singular words – bicycle, crocodile, public house – just as bikes, crocs, and pubs are bicycles, crocodiles, and public houses. Negative 3 = -3. There are four maths a person can master. Line of Symmetry: A line that divides a figure into two equal shapes. “If you were to accept that American English is a deviated form of traditional English…”. Transversal: A line that crosses/intersects two or more lines. As The English language originated in England then the correct use is ‘maths’; just because the Americans want to be different does not mean we have to follow. Quadratic Equation: An equation that can be written with one side equal to 0. Thank you all for the discussion and the rebutles, as you can tell I am no English student or scholar but at least I know now why both spellings can be used. Diagonal: A line segment that connects two vertices in a polygon. But then the rules for english are mostly inconsistent nonsense anyway so why bother pretending one is more right than the other? Yard: A unit of measure that is equal to approximately 91.5 centimeters or 3 feet. Regular pentagons have five equal sides and five equal angles. The building blocks known as Legos have long been beloved toys. Is it commonwealthers who have this trouble? I first learned about “maths” from the British comedian Benny Hill. Still, at least we know where each other is heading when we say math or maths in conversation. Math Glossary: Mathematics Terms and Definitions, Isometric Paper, Math Charts, Grids, Graph Paper, How to Determine the Geometry of a Circle, Fifth Grade Math - 5th Grade Math Course of Study. Capacity: The volume of substance that a container will hold. Example 3 1/2 or 3.5. Integers: All whole numbers, positive or negative, including zero. “I want to play dominoes, but I can’t find it”. I should have written “said poem was to be READ exactly as written”. “Math” is short for “Mathematics.” “Maths” would seem to be short for “Mathematicss.” Anyone with so limited a perspective that plural words must, by definition, end in the letter S in order to make sense needs to reevaluate their position.”. It splits the language into two languages, one that adapts as it always does, taking words from one group and integrating them into the common language, that is why we have French, Indian, Chinese, etc in the language. Language is a living thing; words are created, definitions reassigned, and words fade into disuse, and become archaic. Multiple: The multiple of a number is the product of that number and any other whole number. Supplementary Angles: Two angles are supplementary if their sum is equal to 180°.

Event: This term often refers to an outcome of probability; it may answers question about the probability of one scenario happening over another.

Math vs. maths – Correct Spelling – Grammarist Grammarist is a professional online English grammar dictionary, that provides a variety of grammatical tools, rules and tips in order to improve your grammar and to help you distinguish between commonly misspelled words. “English English” also just sounds confusing. Normal Distribution: Also known as Gaussian distribution, normal distribution refers to a probability distribution that is reflected across the mean or center of a bell curve. If you’re interested in finding out more about the differences between American English and British English, check out these resources on Daily Writing Tips: 7 British English Writing Resources, Mark Nichols – this post rounds up a bunch of style guides and copy editing handbooks that writers working for British publications should find helpful. Net: A two-dimensional shape that can be turned into a two-dimensional object by gluing/taping and folding. Median: The median is the "middle value" in a series of numbers ordered from least to greatest. Yet mathematics is about reasoning, it’s not a ‘thing’. He had a poem to be read in acting class; said poem was to be written exactly as written…on a very old typewriter…on which the letter “H” was missing. The American dialect of English and the British dialect of the same are both divergent strains of the mother tongue, which would be Elizabethan-Georgian English.