# Hypernym for "addition" and "subtraction"

For explaining operator precedence in an algorithm, I'd like a hypernym for addition and subtraction.

• Just as in algebra, in computer programming multiplicative operators such as `/`, `*`, and `%` have priority over additive operators such as `+` and `−`, while exponential operators like `**` are even higher in precedence than either of the previous two groups.
– tchrist
Commented May 13, 2014 at 2:10
• Operators or operations are the usual terms. Operators are metaphorized as agents: The "times" operator combines `x` and `y` in the following way.... Operations are events, not agents: Repeating a number `x` `y` times constitutes an operation of multiplication. Commented May 13, 2014 at 2:46
• Mathematically speaking, multiplication and division are connected but not the same operation, since division requires the use of fractions to be equated to multiplication. Therefore it would be inaccurate to refer to them with one word. Commented May 13, 2014 at 5:28
• I edited the question to simplify it because it was clearly hard to understand before. Now please just focus on a hypernym for addition and subtraction. This word should not be a hypernym for division and multiplication though!! The point is to differentiate the operations by precedence. Commented May 13, 2014 at 6:04
• @sbwoodside The parallel relations are: Subtraction = addition of additive inverse. Division = multiplication by multiplicative inverse. Commented May 13, 2014 at 20:37