reverse Polish notation


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reverse Polish notation

[ri′vərs ′pō·lish nō′tā·shən]
(computer science)
The version of Polish notation, used in some calculators, in which operators follow the operators with which they are associated. Abbreviated RPN. Also known as postfix notation; suffix notation.

Reverse Polish Notation

reverse Polish notation

A mathematical expression in which the numbers precede the operation. For example, 2 + 2 would be expressed as 2 2 +, and 10 - 3 * 4 would be 10 3 4 * -. See FORTH.