I. noun a process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer • a basic algorithm for division.
II. derivatives 1. algorithmic /alɡəˈrɪðmɪk / adjective
2. algorithmically adverb
– origin late 17th cent. (denoting the Arabic or decimal notation of numbers): variant (influenced by Greek arithmos ‘number’) of Middle English algorism, via Old French from medieval Latin algorismus. The Arabic source, al-Ḵwārizmī ‘the man of Ḵwārizm’ (now Khiva), was a name given to the 9th-cent. mathematician Abū Ja‘far Muhammad ibn Mūsa, author of widely translated works on algebra and arithmetic.