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discriminant (plural discriminants)

  1. (algebra) An expression that gives information about the roots of a polynomial; for example, the expression D = b2 - 4ac determines whether the roots of the quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0 are real and distinct (D > 0), real and equal (D = 0) or complex (D < 0).
  2. (geometry) The invariant (on the vector space of forms of degree d in n variables) that vanishes exactly when the corresponding hypersurface in Pn-1 is singular.

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discriminant (comparative more discriminant, superlative most discriminant)

  1. Serving to discriminate.

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discriminant

  1. present participle of discriminar

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  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: dis‧cri‧mi‧nant

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discriminant m (plural discriminanten, diminutive discriminantje n)

  1. (algebra) discriminant

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discriminant m (plural discriminants)

  1. (mathematics) discriminant

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