cathetus

[kath-i-tuh s, kuh-thee-tuh s]
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noun, plural cath·e·ti [kath-i-tahy, kuh-thee-tahy] /ˈkæθ ɪˌtaɪ, kəˈθi taɪ/.

(in an Ionic capital) the vertical guideline through the eye of a volute, from which the form of the volute is determined.

Nearby words

  1. catherine wheel,
  2. catheter,
  3. catheter embolus,
  4. catheterization,
  5. catheterize,
  6. cathexis,
  7. cathie,
  8. cathisma,
  9. cathleen,
  10. catho

Origin of cathetus

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

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Examples from the Web for cathetus

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