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Definition of triangulation

1 : the measurement of the elements necessary to determine the network of triangles into which any part of the earth's surface is divided in surveying broadly : any similar trigonometric operation for finding a position or location by means of bearings from two fixed points a known distance apart
2 : a political strategy that involves presenting oneself as being above partisan politics by espousing a position that is between two extremes They immediately pushed Clinton to the right, enacting the now-infamous strategy of "triangulation," which co-opted Republican policies like welfare reform and tax cuts and emphasized small-bore issues that supposedly cut across the ideological divide.The Nation … he is pursuing a poll-driven strategy of triangulation. He is distancing himself from conservatives in the Republican Party and running as a wobbly moderate under the banner of "compassion."— Gary L. Bauer The Tories and Labour are testing the patience of the voters. Mrs May comes from a generation of politicians that sees politics as a cautious game of triangulation: whatever lies midway between two extremes is the best path to take.The Daily Telegraph

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Recent Examples on the Web The firm is now using a combination of Wi-Fi location data, triangulation using cell towers and GPS data in the hope of pinpointing coronavirus hot spots, Mr. Brookins said. David Uberti, WSJ, "Apps to Track the New Coronavirus Have an Old Problem: Getting the Downloads," 28 Apr. 2020 Abbott’s triangulation skills have never been more obvious than with his handling of the Shelley Luther controversy. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Abbott gets to play both sides on COVID-19 response," 8 May 2020 Inclusivity efforts need triangulation between insider and outsider tactics, angling for unity between the fix-the-system camp and the start-fresh camp. Natan Last, The Atlantic, "The Hidden Bigotry of Crosswords," 18 Mar. 2020 But with politics come ideological triangulations, alliances and counter-alliances. Siobhan Roberts, New York Times, "In Paris, a Mathematician Confronts the Political Odds," 30 Jan. 2020 Sanders disliked him and was strongly hostile to his politics of ideological triangulation. Fintan O’toole, The New York Review of Books, "An Outside Chance," 12 Mar. 2020 One of the first rules I was taught as an architect was about structure and triangulation. Gabriella Gershenson, Saveur, "The Structural Soundness of Your Favorite Desserts, According to Architects," 30 Jan. 2017 Sir Keir’s approach to winning the nomination has been a study in careful triangulation. The Economist, "Bagehot Keir Starmer, a serious Labour man," 29 Feb. 2020 Losing five of six presidential contests between 1968 and 1988 prompted a rightward shift exemplified by Bill Clinton’s politically deft yet morally reprehensible triangulation on the question of black America. Washington Post, "The Democrats Are Moving Left. Will America Follow?," 12 Nov. 2019

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1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Triangulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of triangulation

technical : a method of finding a distance or location by measuring the distance between two points whose exact location is known and then measuring the angles between each point and a third unknown point

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