hypotenuse
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mathematics : the long side opposite the right angle of a triangle
Full Definition of hypotenuse
1 : the side of a rightangled triangle that is opposite the right angle
2 : the length of a hypotenuse
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Origin of hypotenuse
Latin hypotenusa, from Greek hypoteinousa, from feminine of hypoteinōn, present participle of hypoteinein to subtend, from hypo + teinein to stretch — more at thin
First Known Use: 1594
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hypotenuse
playDefinition of hypotenuse
: the side of a right triangle that is opposite the right angle
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