polar coordinate

noun

Definition of polar coordinate

: either of two numbers that locate a point in a plane by its distance from a fixed point on a line and the angle this line makes with a fixed line

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Critical mathematical applications such as Fourier transforms, Riemann zeta functions, Gaussian distributions, roots of unity, integrating over polar coordinates and pretty much anything involving trigonometry employs pi. Randyn Charles Bartholomew, Scientific American, "Let's Use Tau--It's Easier Than Pi," 25 June 2014

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1816, in the meaning defined above

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