
EquationEquation 1. A making equal; equal division; equality; equilibrium. Again the golden day resumed its right, And ruled in just equation with the night. (Rowe) 2. (Science: mathematics) An expression of the condition of equality between two algebraic quantities or sets of quantities, the sign = being placed between them; as, a binomial equation; a quadratic equation; an algebraic equation; a transcendental equation; an exponential equation; a logarithmic equation; a differential equation, etc. 3. (Science: astronomy) a quantity to be applied in computing the mean place or other element of a celestial body; that is, any one of the several quantities to be added to, or taken from, its position as calculated on the hypothesis of a mean uniform motion, in order to find its true position as resulting from its actual and unequal motion. 4. Equation box, or Equational box, a system of differential gearing used in spinning machines for regulating the twist of the yarn. It resembles gearing used in equation clocks for showing apparent time. 5. (Science: astronomy) equation of the center, the difference between the place of a planet as supposed to move uniformly in a circle, and its place as moving in an ellipse. Origin: L. Aequatio an equalizing: cf. F. Equation equation. See Equate. Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page
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