Pronunciation: /ˈɒ pəˌrænd/ ?
In a+b, a and b are operator, and + is an operator.
In a*b, a and b are operator, and * is an operator.
Figure 1: Operators and operands

An operand is the input to an operator. An operand is something on which an operation is performed.[1] In the expression a + b, '+' is an operator, and a and b are its operands.

An operator can be considered as a function and the operands as the inputs or independent variables of the function.


  1. operand. http://wordnet.princeton.edu/. WordNet. Princeton University. (Accessed: 2011-01-08). http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=operand&sub=Search+WordNet&o2=&o0=1&o7=&o5=&o1=1&o6=&o4=&o3=&h=.

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2009-12-21: Added "References" (McAdams, David.)
2009-01-08: Added expanded discussion in first paragraph (McAdams, David.)
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2007-07-16: Initial version (McAdams, David.)

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