# How to Use hypotenuse in a Sentence

## hypotenuse

• The length of one side of the slice is the hypotenuse of this triangle.
Rhett Allain, WIRED, 20 July 2011
• The lesson was that the square of the hypotenuse, or longest side, is equal to the sum of the squares of the other sides.
Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022
• When the triangle has a right angle, the square of the hypotenuse is always equal to the sum of the squares of the two shorter sides.
Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2020
• In the diagram, line segment OP is 1, and the hypotenuse OQ is now 4.5.
Quanta Magazine, 25 Aug. 2021
• More Math All of these points will follow the same Pythagorean formula, where the height of the rung is the hypotenuse.
Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 11 Mar. 2020
• This car only looks like a fastback from 270 degrees, thanks to the twin hypotenuse of roof pillars.
Dan Neil, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2017
• For both before and after, the supposed hypotenuse (the longest side) of the right triangle is not a straight line.
Mark Wolfmeyer, Popular Mechanics, 25 May 2022
• Plus it’s gorgeous, the liquid resting on the hypotenuse of a triangular block of ice that’s been frozen into the glass.
Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, 20 June 2018
• The triangle has a base 4 units long, a vertical side 3 units long and a hypotenuse 5 units long going from upper left to lower right.
Quanta Magazine, 17 Jan. 2020
• If the two legs of a right triangle each have the same rational length, Hippasus is said to have shown, its hypotenuse cannot have a rational length.
Quanta Magazine, 9 July 2013
• The new 2,700-square-foot space feels like a geometric funhouse — quadrilaterals of wood overhead, an enveloping half-circle over the open kitchen, and the hypotenuse of the bar slanting through the lounge.
Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, 27 Apr. 2017
• His theorem, a part of Euclidean geometry taught in many high school math classes, states that the hypotenuse of a right triangle (the side opposite the right angle) equals the sum of the squares of the other two sides.
Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, 21 June 2018
• This equation also represents a fundamental property of right triangles — that the square of the longest side, or hypotenuse, is the sum of the squares of the other two shorter sides.
Kenneth Chang, New York Times, 29 Aug. 2017
• The man addressed me over the cliff of his shoulder—talked down to me in the same condescending way Mister Hughes explained polynomials and hypotenuses.
Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, 6 Jan. 2020
• Those aren’t scientific concepts with formulas, like gravity or the length of a hypotenuse.
Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2017
• Witness file storage, which are fitted inside the unit one evening just as the building is closing, with great effort and much fighting, owing to the hypotenuse problem, which is often forgotten.
Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021

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