the act of squaring.
the act or process of finding a square equal in area to a given surface, especially a surface bounded by a curve.
the act or process of finding an area or calculating an integral, especially by numerical methods.
a definite integral.
the situation of two heavenly bodies when their longitudes differ by 90°.
either of the two points in the orbit of a body, as the moon, midway between the syzygies.
(of the moon) those points or moments at which a half moon is visible.
Electronics. the relation between two signals having the same frequency that differ in phase by 90°.
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How to use quadrature in a sentence
So that to find equivalent single words in translation, appears often as hopeless as the quadrature of the circle.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
Among his mathematical investigations must not be omitted the quadrature of the parabola.History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2) | John William Draper
In 1644 he published a tract on the properties of the cycloid in which he suggested a solution of the problem of its quadrature.A History of Science, Volume 2(of 5) | Henry Smith Williams
Yet, from time to time, treatises are published which boldly announce that they set forth the quadrature of the circle.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll
Triangulation and quadrature of the beacons works for navigation—only it follows its own rules.The Repairman | Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for quadrature
maths the process of determining a square having an area equal to that of a given figure or surface
the process of making square or dividing into squares
astronomy a configuration in which two celestial bodies, usually the sun and the moon or a planet, form an angle of 90° with a third body, usually the earth
electronics the relationship between two waves that are 90° out of phase
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Scientific definitions for quadrature
The process of constructing a square equal in area to a given surface.
A configuration in which the position of one celestial body is 90° from another celestial body, as measured from a third. For example, the half moon lies in quadrature from the Sun when Earth is the reference point. See more at elongation.
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