Möbius strip


Mö·​bi·​us strip ˈmœ-bē-əs- How to pronounce Möbius strip (audio)
ˈmō- How to pronounce Möbius strip (audio)
: a one-sided surface that is constructed from a rectangle by holding one end fixed, rotating the opposite end through 180 degrees, and joining it to the first end

Illustration of Möbius strip

Illustration of möbius strip

Examples of Möbius strip in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And so the company presented I.M., a sort of giant Mobius strip/cube comprising Mod Free modules. John Burek, PCMAG, 5 June 2023 In this case, the same way a decades-prior colleague turned the curve into a Mobius strip, in 2019, another peer turned that strip into a 4D plot. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2020 Using a beat of Indian origin and an industrial guitar riff that loops on itself like a Mobius strip, Tricky turns a liberation rap anthem into a thumping good rock track. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, 19 Feb. 2021 The resulting shapes frequently resemble abstract sculptures formed from tangles of cord and ribbon: pleated banderoles joined to Mobius strip-like curlicues and looping helixes. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2020 In this case, a curve becomes a Mobius strip which in turn becomes ... Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 29 June 2020

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Word History


August F. Möbius †1868 German mathematician

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Möbius strip was in 1904

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“Möbius strip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/M%C3%B6bius%20strip. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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Möbius strip

Mö·​bi·​us strip ˌmə(r)-bē-əs- How to pronounce Möbius strip (audio) ˌmō- How to pronounce Möbius strip (audio)
: a one-sided surface made by holding one end of a rectangle in place, twisting the rectangle to turn over the other end, and joining the two ends together
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