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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 triangulation was an implicit acknowledgment of Australia’s vexed position — and of how closely China’s bellicose rhetoric was paired with bruising economic and political pressure. New York Times, 7 July 2021 However, this lesbian triangulation does not sit well with me., 2 Apr. 2021 Through triangulation, this trove of seismic data was used to pinpoint the precise locations of the fault lines. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Surveyors used a combination of satellite measurements, taken with GPS and the Chinese counterpart Beidou, and triangulation, taken with laser theodolites, which use angles to measure the height difference between two points. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2020 The first triangulation measurements of the mountain come from the middle of the 19th century, when mathematician Radhanath Sickdhar concluded that Everest is the world’s highest peak, per National Geographic. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2020 Drilling the first hole, the location chosen from years of triangulation of trees and points along the lakeshore, furthered the magnificent morning with a break-through to water at only about 10 inches. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Nov. 2020 But all this huffing and puffing is happening alongside some careful triangulation on the part of Fox’s hosts themselves. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, 7 Nov. 2020 Yet another is the careful triangulation of Biden’s crew. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of triangulation

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Triangulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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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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