Definition of triangulation
: 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
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Two years ago, an IBM engineer told me they were in discussions with the UK's mobile network providers to track visitors through cellular triangulation, but this year I was told that no such partnership was ever struck.
The phrasing is purposeful, a bit of triangulation meant to soothe an audience averse to the specter of new public spending, and so, political by its very nature.
And the party’s base has no patience anymore for the kind of careful triangulation that Bill Clinton practiced on issues like crime and welfare policy, or for the then-Democratic voters who were reassured by it.
The ancient trigonometric method of triangulation to measure a mountain's height (where the angles in a triangle formed by three survey control points) will not be used.
To solve this, camera-makers adapted a military technology known as a rangefinder, a scope that measured distance on the battlefield by a trick of optical triangulation.
His conservative positions are part of the political triangulation some Democrats say is necessary to win seats in red states.
The triangulation principle gives extra strength to the tepee form, but boxlike structures can be made to work, too.
Please hold on tight for some pop-culture triangulation: The first Monday in May is always the Met Gala, an annual composite of who’s who in the celebrity and fashion worlds at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Definition of triangulation for English Language Learners
: 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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