pons asinorum

[ as-uh-nawr-uh m, -nohr- ]
/ ˌæs əˈnɔr əm, -ˈnoʊr- /


a geometric proposition that if a triangle has two of its sides equal, the angles opposite these sides are also equal: so named from the difficulty experienced by beginners in mastering it. Euclid, 1:5.

Words nearby pons asinorum

Origin of pons asinorum

First recorded in 1745–55, pons asinorum is from the Latin word pōns asinōrum bridge of asses
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British Dictionary definitions for pons asinorum

pons asinorum
/ (ˌæsɪˈnɔːrəm) /


the geometric proposition that the angles opposite the two equal sides of an isosceles triangle are equal

Word Origin for pons asinorum

Latin: bridge of asses, referring originally to the fifth proposition of the first book of Euclid, which was considered difficult for students to learn
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