(Or "homogenous") Of uniform nature, similar in kind.

1. In the context of distributed systems, middleware makes heterogeneous systems appear as a homogeneous entity. For example see: interoperable network.

Constrast heterogeneous.

2. <*mathematics*> (Of a polynomial) containing terms of the
same degree with respect to all the variables, as in x^2 + 2xy
+ y^2.

3. <*mathematics*> (Of a function) containing a set of
variables such that when each is multiplied by a constant,
this constant can be eliminated without altering the value of
the function, as in cos x/y + x/y.

4. <*mathematics*> (of an equation) containing a homogeneous
function made equal to 0.

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