eigenvalue

[ ahy-guh n-val-yoo ]
/ ˈaɪ gənˌvæl yu /

noun Mathematics.


Nearby words

  1. eigen,
  2. eigen-,
  3. eigenfrequency,
  4. eigenfunction,
  5. eigentone,
  6. eigenvector,
  7. eiger,
  8. eight,
  9. eight ball,
  10. eight-spot

Origin of eigenvalue

1925–30; partial translation of German Eigenwert, equivalent to eigen- characteristic, particular + Wert value

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British Dictionary definitions for eigenvalue

eigenvalue

/ (ˈaɪɡənˌvæljuː) /

noun

maths physics one of the particular values of a certain parameter for which a differential equation or matrix equation has an eigenfunction. In wave mechanics an eigenvalue is equivalent to the energy of a quantum state of a system
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