cathetus

[ kath-i-tuhs, kuh-thee-tuhs ]

noun,plural cath·e·ti [kath-i-tahy, kuh-thee-tahy]. /ˈkæθ ɪˌtaɪ, kəˈθi taɪ/.
  1. (in an Ionic capital) the vertical guideline through the eye of a volute, from which the form of the volute is determined.

Origin of cathetus

1
1565–75; <Latin (noun) <Greek káthetos perpendicular, equivalent to kathe- (see catheter) + -tos adj. suffix

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How to use cathetus in a sentence

  • This will be the size of the eye, and in it draw a diameter on the line of the "cathetus."