hypotenuse

noun hy·pot·e·nuse \ hī-ˈpä-tə-ˌnüs , -ˌnyüz \
variants: or less commonly hypothenuse play \hī-ˈpä-thə-ˌnüs, -ˌnyüz\

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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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

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HYPOTENUSE Defined for English Language Learners

hypotenuse

noun

Definition of hypotenuse for English Language Learners

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


HYPOTENUSE Defined for Kids

hypotenuse

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

Definition of hypotenuse for Students

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


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