imaginary unit

noun

: the positive square root of minus 1 denoted by i or + √-1

Examples of imaginary unit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The introduction of this one new non-real number — i, the imaginary unit — launched an entirely new mathematical world to explore. Quanta Magazine, 25 Oct. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of imaginary unit was circa 1911

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“Imaginary unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imaginary%20unit. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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