Definition of hypotenuse
1 : the side of a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angle
2 : the length of a hypotenuse
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The new 2,700-square-foot space feels like a geometric funhouse — quadrilaterals of wood overhead, an enveloping half-circle over the open kitchen, and the hypotenuse of the bar slanting through the lounge.
The length of one side of the slice is the hypotenuse of this triangle.
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HYPOTENUSE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hypotenuse for English Language Learners
mathematics : the long side opposite the right angle of a triangle
HYPOTENUSE Defined for Kids
Definition of hypotenuse for Students
: the side of a right triangle that is opposite the right angle
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