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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

Examples of tensor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, with the rise of machine learning, tensor processing units are being added to computers as separate units. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 15 Apr. 2022 After being encoded, tensor networks or quantum circuits implemented with TKET are ready to be optimized for machine learning tasks such as text classification. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Well, general relativity describes space-time using a mathematical object called a tensor. Quanta Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 In scalar-tensor theories, there are also objects called scalars. Quanta Magazine, 23 Feb. 2022 Sold in the presentation as an upgrade to the aging GTX 1050 budget workhorse, the 3050 sports 2nd-generation RT cores and 3rd-generation tensor cores using Nvidia's Ampere architecture. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 4 Jan. 2022 But perhaps the biggest takeaway is that the company's much-vaunted tensor ship clearly is not required for magic erase to operate. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 Here’s Lauren and Julian’s story about Google’s new tensor chip in its Pixel 6 phone. Wired Staff, Wired, 17 Sep. 2021 By placing the scalar, tensor, and vector accelerators next to one another, the workloads can be shared among them. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 2 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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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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