Meaning of notation in English:


Pronunciation /nəʊˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

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  • 1mass noun A series or system of written symbols used to represent numbers, amounts, or elements in something such as music or mathematics.

    ‘algebraic notation’
    • ‘new terminologies and notations’
    • ‘To think in these terms - clearly derived from popular music practice - is to question an almost universal precept of music education systems, that students need to learn to read and write in music notation.’
    • ‘Consequently, a simple point-and-click music notation system was the first thing I looked for.’
    • ‘Markings on bone plaques clearly represent systems of notation, perhaps even lunar calendars.’
    • ‘This book is written in Aquitanian notation, a system of music writing that indicates precise intervals by arranging points and other marks on a series of horizontal lines.’
    • ‘There was no written music, but my father, since he had studied Western music, which is written on paper, got the idea to develop notation for Indian music too.’
    • ‘Not only does the choir provide a vocal education, and a subsequent platform for performance, there is also an important focus on the comprehension of music notation and theory.’
    • ‘Globalisation has led to the system of notation to be used in Indian classical music, which will preserve music for longer.’
    • ‘Many schools offer recorder tuition (a wonderfully inexpensive, although sometimes annoying, instrument) and this is a good way to enjoy playing in a group while learning music notation.’
    • ‘‘Outro’, as opposed to intro, is a term which Merriam-Webster docs not recognize, but which is used as slang in music notation.’
    • ‘Familiarity with the rudiments of music notation and a certain degree of aural skills are important to the success of first-year music theory students, he says.’
    • ‘We discussed his patents (years earlier) on musical notation, allowing sheet music to be printed out by computers.’
    • ‘Music Ace Starter and Music Ace Deluxe are dynamic, effective, self-paced CD-ROM programs for learning such music fundamentals as pitch, rhythm, and written notation.’
    • ‘They will also be aware that one main reason why the separate nature of the science of operations has been little felt, and in general little dwelt on, is the shifting meaning of many of the symbols used in mathematical notation.’
    • ‘Compounds can be represented in the chemical notation system.’
    • ‘Frege's 1879 concept notation gave a formal system that made it possible for logicians to come up with a strict definition of a proof.’
    • ‘Much of science is based on fairly simple concepts shrouded in incomprehensible notation and mathematics.’
    • ‘He has to name everything, but before being able to name, he has to recognize and classify concepts, to enclose the whole Universe in a system of notation: produce enumerations, hierarchies, and paradigms.’
    • ‘The very first programs were written in pure binary notation: Both data and instructions had to be encoded in long, featureless strings of 1s and 0s.’
    • ‘Consider arithmetic expressions in Common Lisp, which must be written in prefix notation.’
    • ‘Their respective designers recognized the value of using one system of notation instead of many, so they joined together to create one language, UML.’
    system of symbols, alphabet, syllabary, script
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  • 2A note or annotation.

    ‘he noticed the notations in the margin’
    • ‘Note that the notation refers only to the initial placement of the ions/waters in the minor groove, but that all water and ions were free to move during the simulations.’
    • ‘In addition, marginal notations of dates indicate the initial entry of books in the Register which were subsequently reregistered by another party, likely as the result of a sale or trade between stationers.’
    • ‘Marginal notations add to this volume's value by helping readers see the interpretive choices, hermeneutical assumptions, and contextual influences at play in each essay.’
    • ‘Opening the leather bound book, he noticed small notations at the sides, and then realized he had picked the wrong journal.’
    • ‘Another 1,300 names were placed in an inactive file after letters came back with notations that forwarding addresses had expired.’
    • ‘She felt that the more the student relied on notations or recordings, the less he/she would pay attention in class.’
    • ‘At the end, in the margin, small red notations caught Mallory's eye.’
    • ‘In the documents of the last volume, drawn from the imperial court, you can read the Emperor's notations down the margins.’
    • ‘Schematic notation and scrawled text inscribed on the off-white paper grounds explicate the works' conception and fabrication.’
    • ‘To standardize orientation of the photographs across visits, the nurse made notations in the study records about patient positioning.’
    • ‘The Commander examined the notations below the diagram.’
    • ‘It is difficult to track any supporting documentation for West's sources because there are no footnotes or notations.’
    • ‘This memo, and a follow-up notation on the memo the next day, support that there was a perceived urgency at the time and it was not created after the fact to justify the claim being made.’
    • ‘I'd probably get in a notation on my permanent record for this.’
    • ‘The rest of the notation serves to make commentaries about the moves and is inessential for understanding it.’
    • ‘Chanos attacked the documents, filling the margins with exclamation points and notations, and marking dubious footnotes with yellow Post-its.’
    • ‘When I encounter especially memorable statements, or those I intend to cite or refer to later, I underline them and put words and other notations (like stars) in the margin.’
    • ‘The Wall Street Journal says notations on a State Department memo should have put readers on notice that they shouldn't share its contents.’
    • ‘He admits that these notations are not a part of the record.’
    • ‘The reason why a great conductor makes notations on his musical scores - marks them up again and again each time he returns to study them - is the reason why you should mark your books.’
    annotation, jotting, inscription, comment, footnote, entry, minute, record, item, memo, gloss, explanation, explication, elucidation
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  • 3

    short for "scale of notation" (see scale)


Late 16th century from Latin notatio(n-), from the verb notare, from nota ‘mark’.