tri·​an·​gu·​la·​tion | \ (ˌ)trī-ˌaŋ-gyə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce triangulation (audio) \

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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His wife, of course, Nellie was involved working at Fusion, at a company that company that had less than 20 employees and the whole triangulation does involve the DNC. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani: Strzok's defense is ridiculous, pathetic," 13 July 2018 Phones are likely to be a topic of discussion again today, as an FBI agent is expected to testify about cell phone triangulation. Michael Williams,, "Grant Amato trial: Friend says accused killer may have stolen gun weeks before family’s slayings," 12 July 2019 In this way, a series of triangulation points could be mapped, and the van could proceed to the satellite by a zigzag path, stopping every twenty miles to correct any error. David Canfield,, "First Look: The Andromeda Strain is back with a new look for its 50th anniversary," 26 June 2019 String theory, loop quantum gravity, causal dynamical triangulation and a few others have been aimed toward that goal. Quanta Magazine, "Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life," 8 Jan. 2018 Anyone who can comprehend this sort of animated reverse triangulation is moving through the world in a very different way. Damion Searls, Harper's magazine, "The Tide-Beating Heart of Earth," 10 May 2019 The operation was aided by different uses of technology, including surveillance cameras and cell phone triangulation. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "How tech caught a killer: The tech behind catching the Austin serial bomber," 21 Mar. 2018 One of them was optical triangulation, setting up two vertical points and measuring the horizontal angle between them from a third point. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "How GPS Changed the Way We Think About Our Planet," 18 Apr. 2017 Conditt was killed near the motel he was traced to by authorities using surveillance footage from a Federal Express drop-off store and cell phone triangulation technology, according to The Austin American-Statesman. Fox News, "Austin serial bombing suspect killed in dramatic confrontation; ID'd as 23-year-old man," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of triangulation

1818, in the meaning defined above

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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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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