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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 This tensor is a box that contains information about the electricity and magnetism that, together, produce light. Essence, "A Black Femme Dreams in Equations," 18 Feb. 2021 AlphaZero’s extraordinary computing ability is in part made possible by employing 5,000 of what are called tensor processing units, or TPUs. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "“Superhuman” AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games," 6 Dec. 2018 The structure itself represented a promising approach, with its multilayers and versatility, its modularity maximization and tensor decomposition, not to mention its relevance and connectivity. Lettie Prell, Wired, "The Future of Work: ‘Collaborative Configurations of Minds’ by Lettie Prell," 4 Dec. 2020 Maxine is built atop tensor cores, compute units in newer Nvidia graphics cards that are optimized for machine-learning operations. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Nvidia developed a radically different way to compress video calls," 19 Nov. 2020 And the tensor cores' upscaling methods line up neatly with TAA, a particularly common anti-aliasing standard that Nvidia's DLSS effectively piggybacks off. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 3070 review: AMD’s stopwatch just started ticking a lot louder," 27 Oct. 2020 Check out our coverage of the GeForce RTX 30-series reveal for deeper insight into what some of the specifications mean, as the cards introduce cutting-edge GDDR6X memory, next-gen RT and tensor cores, and a whole lot more. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series vs GeForce RTX 20-series: Full spec comparison," 1 Sep. 2020 These images illustrate the brain’s connectome—its full set of connections—and are generated using a technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). Grace Huckins, Wired, "A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring," 17 Aug. 2020 Those GPUs are old news at this point, with successors including the GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2080 Ti delivering cutting-edge ray traced lighting thanks to the inclusion of dedicated RT and tensor core hardware. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce Now adds real-time ray tracing and Android support as cloud gaming heats up," 19 Aug. 2019

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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 1 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of tensor

: a muscle that stretches a part or makes it tense

called also tensor muscle

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