Gauss·​ian ˈgau̇-sē-ən How to pronounce Gaussian (audio)
: being or having the shape of a normal curve or a normal distribution

Examples of Gaussian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In this paper, a two-dimensional Gaussian skin colour model is employed in a particular way to identify a breast but not a hand. Discover Magazine, 19 Nov. 2019 With Gaussian integers, the whole notion of what counts as prime changed. Quanta Magazine, 1 Nov. 2023 Many photographers consider the ideal bokeh as having a very gentle roll-off, with no sharp edges defining the circle—a Gaussian blur. IEEE Spectrum, 25 Oct. 2016 Gauss’s work is not just quadratic reciprocity and Gaussian curvature. Rachel Crowell, Quanta Magazine, 1 Mar. 2023

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Word History


Karl F. Gauss

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Gaussian was in 1905

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“Gaussian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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