- the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.
Origin of hypotenuse
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Therefore the square on the hypotenuse must equal the sum of these two squares.
A, walking from corner to corner, may be said to diangulate the hypotenuse of the meadow.My Discovery of England
The area of a right triangle is 150 square feet, and its hypotenuse is 25 feet.A Review of Algebra
Romeyn Henry Rivenburg
Each of the other sides is the mean proportional between the hypotenuse and the segment of the hypotenuse adjacent to that side.
If we take away the other two triangles instead, we have left the square on the hypotenuse.
- the side in a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angleAbbreviation: hyp
C16: from Latin hypotēnūsa, from Greek hupoteinousa grammē subtending line, from hupoteinein to subtend, from hypo- + teinein to stretch
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Word Origin and History for hypotenuse
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- The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle. It is the longest side, and the square of its length is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.
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