co·​var·​i·​ant ˌkō-ˈver-ē-ənt How to pronounce covariant (audio)
: varying with something else so as to preserve certain mathematical interrelations

Examples of covariant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In his second lecture, delivered on November 11, Einstein imposed new coordinate conditions that allowed his equations to be generally covariant. Walter Isaacson, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 In mathematical parlance, events that were counted on as being statistically independent had lost their independence and were now highly covariant. Jemma Green, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022

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International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of covariant was in 1893

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“Covariant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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