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tensor

[ten-ser, -sawr] /ˈtɛn sər, -sɔr/
noun
1.
Anatomy. a muscle that stretches or tightens some part of the body.
2.
Mathematics. a mathematical entity with components that change in a particular way in a transformation from one coordinate system to another.
Origin of tensor
1695-1705
1695-1705; < New Latin: stretcher, equivalent to Latin tend(ere) to stretch (see tend1) + -tor -tor, with dt > s
Related forms
tensorial
[ten-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /tɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • "I'm not so sure about that endocrine shift, sir," tensor stated emotionlessly.

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  • His image smiled into tensor's mind and then hesitated as he saw the concern there.

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  • Quickly tensor moved up parallel to it, while he speculated on what it meant.

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  • tensor could only assume that his point of view was becoming less abstract.

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  • Again she smiled dazzlingly and with devastating effect on tensor.

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  • tensor said, puzzled that she knew that he might be concerned over her absence.

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  • "It took me almost ten minutes to recover from it," tensor said grimly.

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  • "It's crude, but in some things successful," tensor explained.

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British Dictionary definitions for tensor

tensor

/ˈtɛnsə; -sɔː/
noun
1.
(anatomy) any muscle that can cause a part to become firm or tense
2.
(maths) a set of components, functions of the coordinates of any point in space, that transform linearly between coordinate systems. For three-dimensional space there are 3r components, where r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector
Derived Forms
tensorial (tɛnˈsɔːrɪəl) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher
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Word Origin and History for tensor
n.

muscle that stretches a part, 1704, Modern Latin agent noun of Latin tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).

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tensor in Medicine

tensor ten·sor (těn'sər, -sôr')
n.
A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.

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tensor in Science
tensor
  (těn'sər, -sôr')   
  1. A structure of quantities arranged by zero or more indices, such as a scalar (zero indices), a vector (one index), or a matrix (two indices), which is invariant under transformations of coordinates.

  2. Any of various muscles that stretch or tighten a body part, as the muscle that acts to tense the soft palate, called the tensor palati.


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