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congruence

[kong-groo-uh ns, kuh n-groo-, kuh ng-] /ˈkɒŋ gru əns, kənˈgru-, kəŋ-/
noun
1.
the quality or state of agreeing or corresponding.
2.
Mathematics. a relation between two numbers indicating that the numbers give the same remainder when divided by some given number.
Compare residue (def 4b).
Origin of congruence
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin congruentia, derivative of congruent- congruent; see -ence
Related forms
noncongruence, noun
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  • This is the reason for placing it by itself, followed by the congruence theorems.

    The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
  • The aim of this lecture is to establish a theory of congruence.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • You must understand at once that congruence is a controversial question.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • Finally the sixth axiom of congruence is that the relation of congruence is transitive.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • The source of order has already been indicated and that of congruence is now found.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • The meaning of congruence lies beyond the self-identity of the object.

    The Concept of Nature Alfred North Whitehead
  • This lack of congruence between the mental picture and the object itself is necessary for obvious reasons.

    The Mystery of Space Robert T. Browne
  • The congruence of the Spirit and the body of the Church, if it occurs, is purely accidental.

  • congruence means a close match between what you feel and how you think and act.

British Dictionary definitions for congruence

congruence

/ˈkɒŋɡrʊəns/
noun
1.
the quality or state of corresponding, agreeing, or being congruent
2.
(maths) the relationship between two integers, x and y, such that their difference, with respect to another positive integer called the modulus, n, is a multiple of the modulus. Usually written xy (mod n), as in 2511 (mod 7)
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Word Origin and History for congruence
n.

mid-15c., from Latin congruentia "agreement, harmony, congruity," from congruentem (nominative congruens), present participle of congruere "to come together" (see congruent). Related: Congruency.

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