Definition of maths in English:

maths

plural noun

British treated as singular
  • Mathematics.

    as modifier ‘her mother was a maths teacher’
    • ‘He succeeded at bridge and his maths and mental arithmetic scores jumped by two years.’
    • ‘He corrects some maths and mathematical terms and gets a less dramatic result.’
    • ‘Of course, no class on maths and the visual arts would be complete without fractals.’
    • ‘We also use maths in this situation to establish the limitations of the model and accuracy of the answer.’
    • ‘If they find they can't do it at school, they might come to dread the weekly maths lessons and tests.’
    • ‘One school of thought is that we should study maths because employers want it.’
    • ‘An easy way to prove this result is by induction, if you have covered that method in your maths classes.’
    • ‘It will certainly generate enthusiasm for maths, and the web site is fun to use.’
    • ‘The final way that maths could make you rich and famous is the main subject of this article.’
    • ‘This is exactly what we shall do here to try to get a feel for why maths is so useful.’
    • ‘Both are maths teachers and were the main influence on her choice of career.’
    • ‘I once spent a very miserable year with a maths teacher who delighted in picking on me above all others.’
    • ‘Maybe I was just bitter because I actually had to listen to our maths teacher for once.’
    • ‘He clearly relishes his role as the maths teacher we all wish we'd had at school.’
    • ‘Both have been fascinated by maths, computers and programming from an early age.’
    • ‘The question on a maths paper was said to be impossible to answer because the diagrams were wrong.’
    • ‘A degree in maths and computer science has also had its influence on the production.’
    • ‘This time I went for the triangle model which took a lot of mental maths and figuring out.’
    • ‘A good standard of maths is also required as there is a high mathematical content to the course.’
    • ‘The main teacher shortages are for subjects such as maths and design and technology.’
    arithmetical problem, problem, calculation, reckoning, tally, question

Phrases

    do the maths
    British informal
    • often in imperative Make a calculation or come to a conclusion based on the relevant facts and figures, typically with the implication that the result is or should be obvious.

      ‘I have four children and one on the way; you do the maths’
      • ‘Your cut-price carrier ticket is around a third of the price of the full fare—do the maths.’
      • ‘Just do the maths: most people I know will be really out of pocket, by several thousand dollars a year.’
      • ‘I'll leave you to do the maths on that one, and to work out for yourself whether 10% is a "rapid" rate of depreciation.’
      • ‘This year's expected yield of 10,000 pounds of plums is enough to feed—well, you do the maths.’
      • ‘When I finally got back to Victoria it was quarter past eight, we were supposed to be due in at half five. You do the maths!’

Origin

Early 20th century abbreviation.

Pronunciation

maths

/maθs/