- of or relating to Euclid, or adopting his postulates.
Origin of Euclidean
1650–60; < Latin Euclīdē(us) of Euclid (< Greek Eukleídeios) + -an
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Examples from the Web for euclidean
He acted as if he had demonstrated a Euclidean proposition flawlessly.Occasion for Disaster
Gordon Randall Garrett
He constructed every one of his later speeches on the plan of a Euclidean solution.The Poets' Lincoln
In elementary geometry, however, the Euclidean idea is still held.The Teaching of Geometry
David Eugene Smith
He returned the proof, saying that he could not accept any of it as elucidating the exact area of a circle, or as Euclidean.
The proof itself is borrowed, with slight alterations, from Cuthbertson's "Euclidean Geometry."
Word Origin and History for euclidean
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Relating to geometry of plane figures based on the five postulates (axioms) of Euclid, involving the derivation of theorems from those postulates. The five postulates are: 1. Any two points can be joined by a straight line. 2. Any straight line segment can be extended indefinitely in a straight line. 3. Given any straight line segment, a circle can be drawn having the line segment as radius and an endpoint as center. 4. All right angles are congruent. 5. (Also called the parallel postulate.) If two lines are drawn that intersect a third in such a way that the sum of inner angles on one side is less than the sum of two right triangles, then the two lines will intersect each other on that side if the lines are extended far enough. Compare non-Euclidean.
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