noun ad·ju·gate \ˈa-jə-gət\

Definition of adjugate




  1. :  the mathematical transpose of a matrix in which each element is replaced by its cofactor O. [T]aussky used an equivalent form of this fact to obtain a factorization of the adjugate of a matrix … and a result on commutativity … . Here we use it to prove the Cayley-Hamilton theorem and some new theorems. — William Watkins, American Mathematical Monthly, April 1975 — compare adjoint 1

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Origin and Etymology of adjugate

derivative of adjugate, adjective, “related by a process of transposition,” borrowed from Latin adjugāre “to join, attach,” from ad- ad- + jugāre “to fasten, bind, marry,” derivative of jugum “yoke” — more at 1yoke

First Known Use: 1882

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a trip made at another's expense

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