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# hypotenuse

[ hahy-**pot**-n-oos, -yoos ]

## noun

*Geometry.*

- the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

hypotenuse

/ haɪˈpɒtɪˌnjuːz /

## noun

- the side in a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angle hyp

hypotenuse

/ hī-pŏt**′**n-o̅o̅s′ /

- The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle. It is the longest side, and the square of its length is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.

hypotenuse

- In a right triangle (a triangle that has one right angle ), the side opposite the right angle. (
*See*Pythagorean theorem .)

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of hypotenuse^{1}

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## Word History and Origins

Origin of hypotenuse^{1}

*hypotēnūsa,*from Greek

*hupoteinousa grammē*subtending line, from

*hupoteinein*to subtend, from hypo- +

*teinein*to stretch

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## Example Sentences

That’s because 65 happened to be the length of the hypotenuse for three distinct Pythagorean triples with legs that formed an arithmetic sequence.

One week later he decided that he should have cupped his hands and shouted, "You hypotenuse hussy!"

Mr. Isadore Binswanger inserted a toothpick between his lips and stretched his limbs out at a hypotenuse from the chair.

Thus we demonstrate that the surface of a regular polygon may be found by multiplying the perimeter by half the hypotenuse.

First take out the two rectangles formed on the hypotenuse; place them in the two lateral grooves, and lower the triangle.

Presently he turned again, to return cross-lots along the hypotenuse of the triangle.

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