hypotenuse
[ hahypotnoos, yoos ]
/ haɪˈpɒt nˌus, ˌyus /

noun Geometry.
the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.
Nearby words
Also hypothenuse.
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British Dictionary definitions for hypotenuse
hypotenuse
/ (haɪˈpɒtɪˌnjuːz) /
noun
the side in a rightangled 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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Word Origin and History for hypotenuse
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.
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Science definitions for hypotenuse
hypotenuse
[ hīpŏt′nōōs′ ]
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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Culture definitions for hypotenuse
hypotenuse
[ (heyepotnoohs, heyepotnyoohs) ]
In a right triangle (a triangle that has one right angle), the side opposite the right angle. (See Pythagorean theorem.)
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