triangulation

noun tri·an·gu·la·tion \ (ˌ)trī-ˌaŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

Recent Examples of triangulation from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'triangulation.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of triangulation

1818


TRIANGULATION Defined for English Language Learners

triangulation

noun

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


Learn More about triangulation


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up triangulation? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

marked by intense feeling

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!