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hypotenuse

[ hahy-pot-n-oos, -yoos ]
/ haɪˈpɒt nˌus, -ˌyus /
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noun Geometry.
the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.
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Origin of hypotenuse

1565–75; earlier hypotenusa<Latin hypotēnūsa<Greek hypoteínousa (grámmē) subtending (line) (feminine present participle of hypoteínein to subtend), equivalent to hypo-hypo- + tein- stretch (see thin) + -ousa feminine present participle suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for hypotenuse

hypotenuse
/ (haɪˈpɒtɪˌnjuːz) /

noun
the side in a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angleAbbreviation: hyp

Word Origin for hypotenuse

C16: from Latin hypotēnūsa, from Greek hupoteinousa grammē subtending line, from hupoteinein to subtend, from hypo- + teinein to stretch
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Scientific definitions for hypotenuse

hypotenuse
[ hī-pŏtn-ōōs′ ]

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.
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Cultural definitions for hypotenuse

hypotenuse
[ (heye-pot-n-oohs, heye-pot-n-yoohs) ]

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

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