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right angle

noun
1.
the angle formed by two radii of a circle that are drawn to the extremities of an arc equal to one quarter of the circle; the angle formed by two perpendicular lines that intersect; an angle of 90°.
Origin of right angle
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
Related forms
right-angled, adjective
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  • Fruit often reddish, small, with the wings at about a right angle.

  • Acute: pointed: terminating in or forming less than a right angle.

  • But this log was going down at a right angle to the bank instead of parallel to it.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • Concluding that he now had the pistol at the right angle, he pulled the trigger.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
  • An obtuse angle is an oblique angle greater then a right angle.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • For right lines perpendicular are the makers of a right angle, as is manifest by the 13.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • As in the triangle aei: For they are both equall to one right angle, by the 13.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • A right angle is a parallelogramme that hath all his angles right angles.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
  • And here hence you must understand by one right angle that all are right angles.

    The Way To Geometry Peter Ramus
British Dictionary definitions for right angle

right angle

noun
1.
the angle between two radii of a circle that cut off on the circumference an arc equal in length to one quarter of the circumference; an angle of 90° or π/2 radians
2.
at right angles, perpendicular or perpendicularly
related
adjective orthogonal
Derived Forms
right-angled, adjective
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right angle in Science
right angle
  (rīt)   
An angle having a measure of 90°.
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right angle in Culture

right angle definition


An angle measuring ninety degrees, formed by the intersection of two perpendicular lines. (Compare acute angle and obtuse angle.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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