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Definition of tensor

1 : a muscle that stretches a part
2 : a generalized vector with more than three components each of which is a function of the coordinates of an arbitrary point in space of an appropriate number of dimensions

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Recent Examples on the Web The new study used a special type of MRI, called diffusion tensor imaging, to examine the brains of 47 brain healthy children (27 girls and 20 boys) who had not yet started kindergarten. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "MRIs show screen time linked to lower brain development in preschoolers," 4 Nov. 2019 The children in the Cincinnati study completed standard cognitive tests and a special test called diffusion tensor MRI, which estimates white matter integrity in the brain. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Too much screen time changes children's brains, study from Cincinnati Children's finds," 4 Nov. 2019 Those nodes are the tensors, and entanglement links them together. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "How Quantum Pairs Stitch Space-Time," 28 Apr. 2015 Likewise, any valid coloring for the hobby graph will carry over to the tensor product. Quanta Magazine, "A 53-Year-Old Network Coloring Conjecture Is Disproved," 17 June 2019 These graphics cards look like beasts, infused with dedicated tensor and RT cores to accelerate real-time ray tracing, the Holy Grail of gaming graphics, and enough visual firepower to feed 4K G-Sync HDR displays, the Holy Grail of gaming monitors. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 Google also offers a similar chip called a tensor processing unit, while companies like Qualcomm make AI chips built into devices. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "China’s Huawei Seeks to Chip Away at Silicon Valley’s AI Supremacy," 10 Oct. 2018 Then there is TeVeS (tensor-vector-scalar), MOND’s relativistic cousin. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Troubled Times for Alternatives to Einstein’s Theory of Gravity," 6 May 2018 Each participant’s white matter microstructure was measured using non-invasive, diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging at the beginning and end of six months of dance classes. Monte Whaley, The Denver Post, "Dancing with a little do si do may help fend off aging in the brain, Colorado State University researcher finds," 29 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of tensor

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tensor

borrowed from New Latin, from Latin tendere "to extend outward, stretch, draw tight" + -tor, agent suffix — more at tender entry 3

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The first known use of tensor was circa 1704

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“Tensor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tensor. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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ten·​sor | \ ˈten(t)-sər How to pronounce tensor (audio) , ˈten-ˌsȯ(ə)r How to pronounce tensor (audio) \

Medical Definition of tensor

: a muscle that stretches a part or makes it tense

called also tensor muscle

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