From Obelus to Ovoid and a lot in between, there are a lot of words beginning with O that are used in math terminology.

To help you out, I’ve put together a list of the most common math-related words I was able to find:

Obelus – a symbol consisting of a line with dots above and below (like this: ÷), and it is also known as a division sign

Object – an abstract concept arising in mathematics.

Oblique – this adjective refers to geometric lines or planes that are not parallel or perpendicular to a line or surface.

Oblong – a 2D shape that has two pairs of parallel sides and four right angles.

Obtuse Angle – exceeding 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees.

Octagon – an eight-sided polygon or 8-gon.

Octal – The octal numeral system, or oct for short, is the base-8 number system, and uses the digits 0 to 7.

Odd Number – a number which is not divisible by 2.

Odds – defined as the probability that the event will occur divided by the probability that the event will not occur.

Omega – omega function refers to a function using the Greek letter omega.

Open Curve – Curves with different beginning and end points is called an Open Curve.

Operation – a function which takes zero or more input values (called operands) to a well-defined output value.

Opportunity Cost – The value attached to the other options and choices you give up by doing something.

Opposite Numbers – the positive and negative versions of the same number.

Order Of Operations – a collection of rules that reflect conventions about which procedures to perform first in order to evaluate a given mathematical expression.

Ordered Pair – a pair of elements a, b having the property that ( a, b) = (u, v ) if and only if a = u, b = v.

Origin – the point where the axes of the system intersect.

Orthogonal – intersecting or lying at right angles In orthogonal cutting, the cutting edge is perpendicular to the direction of tool travel.

Oscillating Series – a series that is divergent but not properly divergent.

Outcome – a possible result of an experiment or trial.

Outlier – a value that lies outside of the distribution of a pattern.

Oval – a curve that looks like an ellipse or an egg.

Ovoid – a curve that looks like an ellipse or an egg.

I hope you found the words you were looking for from the list above.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, if there are any math words starting with the letter O that you would like added to the list, please leave me a comment below.

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