hypotenuse

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noun hy·pot·e·nuse \hī-ˈpä-tə-ˌnüs, -ˌnyüz\
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hypothenuse

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Definition of hypotenuse

  1. 1 :  the side of a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angle

  2. 2 :  the length of a hypotenuse

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Origin and Etymology of hypotenuse

Latin hypotenusa, from Greek hypoteinousa, from feminine of hypoteinōn, present participle of hypoteinein to subtend, from hypo- + teinein to stretch — more at thin


First Known Use: 1594

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HYPOTENUSE Defined for English Language Learners

hypotenuse

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noun hy·pot·e·nuse \hī-ˈpä-tə-ˌnüs, -ˌnyüz\

Definition of hypotenuse for English Language Learners

  • mathematics : the long side opposite the right angle of a triangle


HYPOTENUSE Defined for Kids

hypotenuse

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noun hy·pot·e·nuse \hī-ˈpä-tə-ˌnüs, -ˌnyüz\

Definition of hypotenuse for Students

  1. :  the side of a right triangle that is opposite the right angle



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