quad·​ra·​ture ˈkwä-drə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce quadrature (audio)
: a configuration in which two celestial bodies (such as the moon and the sun) have an angular separation of 90 degrees as seen from the earth
: the process of finding a square equal in area to a given area

Examples of quadrature in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wi-Fi 7 will also increase throughput by up to 20 percent by moving from Wi-Fi 6/6E's 1,024 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM) to 4,096 QAM while adding multi-link operation (MLO) and multi-resource unit puncturing. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 4 Aug. 2022 In common usage, many think of dichotomy and quadrature as synonymous. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 3 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of quadrature was in 1591

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“Quadrature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quadrature. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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