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e·qua·tion

equation

 
 
pronunciation:
ih kweI zhn [or] i kweI zhn
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part of speech: noun
definition: a statement in arithmetic that uses an equal sign to show the equality of two quantities.
3 + 3 = 6 is an equation
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The word equation contains the following parts:
equ, equi Latin root that means equal
-ation Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ation is a compound of -ate1 + -ion. It turns verbs ending in -ate into nouns (decorate/ decoration ). Not all nouns with this suffix, however, have a corresponding verb ending in -ate (information , alteration).