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hypotenuse

noun hy·pot·e·nuse \hī-ˈpä-tə-ˌnüs, -ˌnyüz\

mathematics : the long side opposite the right angle of a triangle

Full Definition of HYPOTENUSE

1
:  the side of a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angle
2
:  the length of a hypotenuse

Variants of HYPOTENUSE

hy·pot·e·nuse also hy·poth·e·nuse \-ˈpä-thə-\

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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

Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

abscissa, denominator, divisor, equilateral, exponent, logarithm, oblique, radii, rhomb

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