tri·​an·​gu·​late | \trī-ˈaŋ-gyə-ˌlāt \
triangulated; triangulating

Definition of triangulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to survey, map, or determine by triangulation

2a : to divide into triangles

b : to give triangular form to


tri·​an·​gu·​late | \trī-ˈaŋ-gyə-lət \

Definition of triangulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: consisting of or marked with triangles

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Attackers could also get Google Home and Chromecast to cough up information about the Wi-Fi network they are connected to, and triangulate it with the list of nearby Wi-Fi networks to accurately geolocate the devices. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "Millions of Streaming Devices Are Vulnerable to a Retro Web Attack," 19 June 2018 Your foot hovers somewhere between the gas and the brake, waiting for your brain to triangulate their intent: Is that one trying to cross the street, or just waiting for the bus? Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Did the Human Cross the Road? To Confuse the Self-Driving Car," 10 July 2018 Kim Jong Un seems to be triangulating and splitting the pressure campaign. CBS News, "Kim Jong Un complains of U.S. "hegemonism" to Russia's Sergey Lavrov," 31 May 2018 Well, there’s a lot more sources than that, for starters, because everything is triangulated and checked against other people Right. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Jessica Pressler talks ‘lady grifters’ + Ken Auletta on the ‘frenemies’ of the ad business on Recode Media," 24 June 2018 If that bloc holds for Beutner, a fifth vote could come from Richard Vladovic, who has triangulated between opposing district factions without alienating them. Howard Blume,, "The power game behind the search for a new L.A. schools leader," 19 Apr. 2018 TripAdvisor began investigating and eventually triangulated the calls to a single business that had agreements with call centers in Mexico, who were paying Abramovich for traffic. Author: Rob Wile, Anchorage Daily News, "Miami man made nearly 100 million robocalls. Now he’s paying a big price: $120 million," 11 May 2018 So can simple masa antojitos in pancake (memela) or triangulated envelope (tetela) form - the latter folded over stretchy white cheese and fragrant hoja santa leaf. Houston Chronicle, "Alison Cook's Top 10 Houston restaurants," 10 May 2018 While those areas may be less prone to variation between individual samples, the number of customers who have received these tests—more than 10 million between both services—means that detectives can triangulate an individual. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Detectives Cracked the Golden State Killer Case Using Genetics," 27 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of triangulate


1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for triangulate


Medieval Latin triangulatus, past participle of triangulare to make triangles, from Latin triangulum

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