From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Notation \No*ta"tion\, n. [L. notatio a marking, observing,
   etymology, fr. notare to mark, nota a mark: cf. F. notation.
   See 5th Note.]
   1. The act or practice of recording anything by marks,
      figures, or characters.
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   2. Any particular system of characters, symbols, or
      abbreviated expressions used in art or science, to express
      briefly technical facts, quantities, etc. Esp., the system
      of figures, letters, and signs used in arithmetic and
      algebra to express number, quantity, or operations.
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   3. Literal or etymological signification. [Obs.]
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            "Conscience" is a Latin word, and, according to the
            very notation of it, imports a double or joint
            knowledge.                            --South.
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