right triangle

noun

Definition of right triangle

: a triangle having a right angle — see triangle illustration

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So, when the side lengths of a right triangle are labeled a, b, and c, the Pythagorean theorem may be written as the equation a2 + b2 = c2. Joshua A. Krisch, Popular Mechanics, "A Pythagorean Party at the Flatiron Building," 6 Dec. 2013 Pythagorean triples are sets of numbers that correspond to the sides of right triangles. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Researchers Discover Babylonian Tablet Is Ancient Trig Table," 25 Aug. 2017 His theorem, a part of Euclidean geometry taught in many high school math classes, states that the hypotenuse of a right triangle (the side opposite the right angle) equals the sum of the squares of the other two sides. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Stonehenge Builders Used Pythagoras' Theorem Centuries Before His Birth, Say Experts," 21 June 2018 Remember the Pythagorean Theorem for solving right triangles, that x2 + y2 = z2? Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Fun Math Goof in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'," 1 Sep. 2017 Remember the Pythagorean Theorem for solving right triangles, that x2 y2 = z2? Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here's a Fun Math Goof in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'," 1 Sep. 2017 This equation also represents a fundamental property of right triangles — that the square of the longest side, or hypotenuse, is the sum of the squares of the other two shorter sides. Kenneth Chang, New York Times, "Hints of Trigonometry on a 3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet," 29 Aug. 2017

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1675, in the meaning defined above

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right triangle

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English Language Learners Definition of right triangle

US : a triangle that has a right angle

right triangle

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: a triangle having a right angle

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