# hypotenuse

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

/ haɪˈpɒt nˌus, -ˌyus /

### noun Geometry.

the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

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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-pŏt′n-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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