ra·​di·​an | \ ˈrā-dē-ən How to pronounce radian (audio) \

Definition of radian

: a unit of plane angular measurement that is equal to the angle at the center of a circle subtended by an arc whose length equals the radius or approximately 57.3 degrees

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These units are called radians (apologies if this term provokes a violent and sickening flashback to high school math), and there are 2π of them in a circle. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The math of pi explained, as simply as possible," 13 Mar. 2019 Three quarters around the same circle has gone one and a half pi radians. Randyn Charles Bartholomew, Scientific American, "Let's Use Tau--It's Easier Than Pi," 25 June 2014 According to People, the elongated radian cut ring is 4 carats, and was personally designed by Zandy along with Leor Yerushalmi and The Jewelers of Las Vegas. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Lea Michele and Zandy Reich Are Engaged," 29 Apr. 2018 For example, pi can be measured according to radians, the standard unit for angular measurements. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Pi Makes Perfect Sense in These Simple Animations," 14 Mar. 2018 Radian was required to set aside reserves against potential losses on bad loans, and Mr. Lutz reckoned that his employer was materially understating those amounts. Gretchen Morgenson, New York Times, "A Whistle Was Blown, but Who Was Listening?," 28 Apr. 2017

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1879, in the meaning defined above

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ra·​di·​an | \ ˈrād-ē-ən How to pronounce radian (audio) \

Medical Definition of radian

: a unit of plane angular measurement that is equal to the angle at the center of a circle subtended by an arc equal in length to the radius

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