Operand

Pronunciation: /ˈɒ pəˌrænd/ Explain
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.

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McAdams, David E. Operand. 8/7/2018. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. http://www.allmathwords.org/en/o/operand.html.

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8/7/2018: Changed vocabulary links to WORDLINK format. (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2009: Added "References". (McAdams, David E.)
1/8/2009: Added expanded discussion in first paragraph. (McAdams, David E.)
12/30/2008: Added 'more information', figure 1. (McAdams, David E.)
7/16/2007: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)

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