pseudoscalar

[ soo-duh-skey-ler ]
/ ˌsu dəˈskeɪ lər /

adjective Physics, Mathematics.

a scalar quantity that changes sign when the sense of the orientation of the coordinate system is changed.

Nearby words

  1. pseudorandom,
  2. pseudoreaction,
  3. pseudorickets,
  4. pseudorosette,
  5. pseudosarcoma,
  6. pseudoscarlatina,
  7. pseudoscience,
  8. pseudosclerosis,
  9. pseudoscope,
  10. pseudoscopy

Origin of pseudoscalar

First recorded in 1940–45; pseudo- + scalar

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British Dictionary definitions for pseudoscalar

pseudoscalar

/ (ˌsjuːdəʊˈskeɪlə) /

noun

maths a variable quantity that has magnitude but not direction and is an odd function of the coordinatesCompare pseudovector, scalar (def. 1), tensor (def. 2), vector (def. 1)
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