eigenfunction

[ ahy-guh n-fuhngk-shuh n ]
/ ˈaɪ gənˌfʌŋk ʃən /

noun Mathematics.

a characteristic vector in a vector space in which the elements are functions.

Nearby words

  1. eiffel tower,
  2. eiffel, alexandre gustave,
  3. eigen,
  4. eigen-,
  5. eigenfrequency,
  6. eigentone,
  7. eigenvalue,
  8. eigenvector,
  9. eiger,
  10. eight

Origin of eigenfunction

1925–30; < German Eigenfunktion, equivalent to eigen- characteristic, particular + Funktion function

Also called proper function.

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British Dictionary definitions for eigenfunction

eigenfunction

/ (ˈaɪɡənˌfʌŋkʃən) /

noun

maths physics a function satisfying a differential equation, esp an allowed function for a system in wave mechanics
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