Examples from the Web for hypotenuse
The perpendicular is the mean proportional between the segments of the hypotenuse.The Teaching of Geometry|David Eugene Smith
It usually takes a hypotenuse a long time to discover that it is the longest side of a triangle.Options|O. Henry
In this figure the square formed on the hypotenuse is divided into two rectangles.Montessori Elementary Materials|Maria Montessori
We see, too, that the interior figure is a square, and that it is constructed on the hypotenuse of the triangles in question.
Presently he turned again, to return cross-lots along the hypotenuse of the triangle.Sudden Jim|Clarence Budington Kelland
British Dictionary definitions for hypotenuse
Word Origin for hypotenuse
Word Origin and History for hypotenuse
1570s, from Late Latin hypotenusa, from Greek hypoteinousa "stretching under" (the right angle), fem. present participle of hypoteinein, from hypo- "under" (see sub-) + teinein "to stretch" (see tenet). Formerly often erroneously hypothenuse.