frus·​tum | \ ˈfrə-stəm How to pronounce frustum (audio) \
plural frustums or frusta\ ˈfrə-​stə How to pronounce frustum (audio) \

Definition of frustum

: the basal part of a solid cone or pyramid formed by cutting off the top by a plane parallel to the base also : the part of a solid intersected between two usually parallel planes

Examples of frustum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case of the 24-Seconde Architecture is shaped like a convex conical frustum. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 5 July 2022 The EmDrive test device used by White and his colleagues was a copper frustum—a cone with its top lopped off—that was just under a foot long. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, 8 May 2020

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First Known Use of frustum

1658, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for frustum

New Latin, from Latin, piece, bit — more at bruise entry 2

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20 Jul 2022

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“Frustum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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