: a muscle that stretches a part
: 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 Once these have been found, the second stage is to work out whether the stress-energy tensors are physically realistic. The Physics Arxiv Blog, Discover Magazine, 16 Apr. 2024 In Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, which casts gravitational attraction as objects following curves in space-time, the energy-momentum tensor tells space-time how to bend. Charlie Wood, WIRED, 14 Apr. 2024 On the other hand, Luria noted that Google is already selling services run on its TPUs, or tensor processing units. Laura Bratton, Quartz, 11 Apr. 2024 Surrounding that are the chip’s AI workforce—four engines for matrix multiplication and 32 programmable units called tensor processor cores. IEEE Spectrum, 9 Apr. 2024 Depending on its symmetry, a crystal’s stress tensor—a matrix that captures how a material deforms under stress—looks different. WIRED, 10 Dec. 2023 This tensor is the mathematical link to the fluid dynamics equations Giomi wanted to use to connect physical forces and biological functions. WIRED, 10 Dec. 2023 Altman had been reportedly pitching a separate startup to build custom, Nvidia-rivaling AI tensor processing unit (TPU) chips to investors recently, according to The New York Times. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, 20 Nov. 2023 Some people can even voluntarily control their tensor tympani, a muscle in the ear that can open up the eustachian tubes. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 25 Nov. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

circa 1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a muscle that stretches a part

Medical Definition


: a muscle that stretches a part or makes it tense

called also tensor muscle

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