notation

Use the noun notation to describe a written note, like the comments an English teacher makes in the margins of a student's essay.

An editor might make notations on an article, and a conductor might add notations — written reminders to herself — to the edges of a musical score. Another kind of notation is a series of symbols that represent words, numbers, or music, for example. Chemical formulas are one type of notation, and musical notes are another. Notation comes from the Latin word notationem, which means "a marking or an explanation," from the root nota, "mark."

Primary Meanings of notation

1.
n
a comment or instruction (usually added)
2.
n
a technical system of symbols used to represent special things
Full Definitions of notation
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n a comment or instruction (usually added)

“he added a short notation to the address on the envelope”
Synonyms:
annotation, note
Types:
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poste restante
a notation written on mail that is to be held at the post office until called for (not in the United States or Canada)
acknowledgment, citation, cite, credit, mention, quotation, reference
a short note recognizing a source of information or of a quoted passage
footer, footnote
a printed note placed below the text on a printed page
N.B., NB, nota bene
a Latin phrase (or its abbreviation) used to indicate that special attention should be paid to something
PS, postscript
a note appended to a letter after the signature
photo credit
a note acknowledging the source of a published photograph
cross-index, cross-reference
a reference at one place in a work to information at another place in the same work
Type of:
comment, commentary
a written explanation or criticism or illustration that is added to a book or other textual material
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n a technical system of symbols used to represent special things

Synonyms:
notational system
Types:
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mathematical notation
a notation used by mathematicians
musical notation
(music) notation used by musicians
choreography
a notation used by choreographers
chemical notation
a notation used by chemists to express technical facts in chemistry
bar line
a vertical line before the accented beat marking the boundary between musical bars
number representation system, number system, numeration system, system of numeration
any notation for the representation of numbers
binary notation
any notation that uses 2 characters (usually 0 and 1)
decimal notation
any notation that uses 10 different characters (usually the digits 0 to 9)
octal notation
any mathematical notation that uses 8 different characters (usually the digits 0 to 7)
duodecimal notation
any notation that uses 12 different characters
hexadecimal notation, sexadecimal notation
any notation that uses 16 different characters
sign
a character indicating a relation between quantities
decimal point, percentage point, point
the dot at the left of a decimal fraction
exponent, index, power
a mathematical notation indicating the number of times a quantity is multiplied by itself
fixed-point notation, fixed-point representation system
a radix numeration system in which the location of the decimal point is fixed by convention
floating-point notation, floating-point representation system
a radix numeration system in which the location of the decimal point is indicated by an exponent of the radix; in the floating-point representation system, 0.0012 is represented as 0.12-2 where -2 is the exponent
infix notation
a notation for forming mathematical expressions using parentheses and governed by rules of operator precedence; operators are dispersed among the operands
parenthesis-free notation
a notation for forming mathematical expressions that does not use parentheses to delimit components
tablature
a musical notation indicating the fingering to be used
Labanotation
a system of notation for dance movements that uses symbols to represent points on a dancer's body and the direction of the dancer's movement and the tempo and the dynamics
musical scale, scale
(music) a series of notes differing in pitch according to a specific scheme (usually within an octave)
interval, musical interval
the difference in pitch between two notes
staff, stave
(music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
clef
a musical notation written on a staff indicating the pitch of the notes following it
key signature, signature
the sharps or flats that follow the clef and indicate the key
key, tonality
any of 24 major or minor diatonic scales that provide the tonal framework for a piece of music
atonalism, atonality
the absence of a key; alternative to the diatonic system
musical time signature, time signature
a musical notation indicating the number of beats to a measure and kind of note that takes a beat
bar, measure
musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
rest
a musical notation indicating a silence of a specified duration
musical note, note, tone
a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound
slur
(music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
sharp
a musical notation indicating one half step higher than the note named
flat
a musical notation indicating one half step lower than the note named
cancel, natural
a notation cancelling a previous sharp or flat
accidental
a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature
fermata
a musical notation (over a note or chord or rest) that indicates it is to be prolonged by an unspecified amount
solmisation, solmization
a system of naming the notes of a musical scale by syllables instead of letters
segno
(music) a notation written at the beginning or end of a passage that is to be repeated
sforzando
(music) a notation written above a note and indicating that it is to be played with a strong initial attack
Type of:
writing
letters or symbols that are written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language

n the activity of representing something by a special system of marks or characters

Type of:
committal to writing, writing
the activity of putting something in written form

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