equation noun

1 mathematical statement

ADJ. complicated, simple This can be shown by a simple equation. | algebraic, mathematical

VERB + EQUATION solve, work out I could not find a way of solving the equation. | satisfy the range of values of x which would satisfy this equation

PREP. ~ for the equation for a straight line

PHRASES a side of the equation the numbers on the right-hand side of the equation

2 situation

VERB + EQUATION be a part of, come into, enter (into) The availability of public transport is also part of the equation. Money also comes into the equation.