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noun [countable]     binomial pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    maths in mathematics, an expression that has two parts connected by the sign + or the sign –, for example 2x + 3y or x – 12
  2. 2
    linguistics a phrase containing two nouns that are joined together by a conjunction and always appear in the same order, for examplecup and saucer

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a rise in the level of a stream or river

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