- Also orthographic.pertaining to or involving right angles or perpendiculars: an orthogonal projection.
- (of a system of real functions) defined so that the integral of the product of any two different functions is zero.
- (of a system of complex functions) defined so that the integral of the product of a function times the complex conjugate of any other function equals zero.
- (of two vectors) having an inner product equal to zero.
- (of a linear transformation) defined so that the length of a vector under the transformation equals the length of the original vector.
- (of a square matrix) defined so that its product with its transpose results in the identity matrix.
- Crystallography. referable to a rectangular set of axes.
Origin of orthogonal
Related Words for orthogonalrectangular, quadrate, quadratic, equilateral, foursquare, boxlike, boxy, orthogonal, rectilinear, squarish
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Contemporary Examples of orthogonal
Actually, the issue of plural vs. singular is orthogonal to the dilemma she wants to pose.Responding To Critics Of "On Questioning The Jewish State"
March 18, 2013
And that brings up another question about those bacterial targets, the ones that are so orthogonal to human cellular pathways.Worried About Incurable Tuberculosis? Stand By for Incurable Everything.
March 12, 2013
Historical Examples of orthogonal
Velocities in linkages were determined by orthogonal components transferred from link to link.Kinematics of Mechanisms from the Time of Watt
Eugene S. Ferguson
In the first place, each of these figures may be conceived as an orthogonal projection of a closed plane-faced polyhedron.
The involutes are “orthogonal trajectories” of the tangents to the common evolute.
- relating to, consisting of, or involving right angles; perpendicular
- (of a pair of vectors) having a defined scalar product equal to zero
- (of a pair of functions) having a defined product equal to zero
Word Origin and History for orthogonal
- Relating to or composed of right angles.
- Relating to a matrix whose transpose equals its inverse.
- Relating to a linear transformation that preserves the length of vectors.