radian

[ rey-dee-uh n ]
/ ˈreɪ di ən /
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noun Mathematics.

the measure of a central angle subtending an arc equal in length to the radius: equal to 57.2958°. Abbreviation: rad

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Origin of radian

First recorded in 1875–80; radi(us) + -an

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British Dictionary definitions for radian

radian

/ (ˈreɪdɪən) /

noun

an SI unit of plane angle; the angle between two radii of a circle that cut off on the circumference an arc equal in length to the radius. 1 radian is equivalent to 57.296 degrees and π/2 radians equals a right angleSymbol: rad

Word Origin for radian

C19: from radius

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Word Origin and History for radian

radian

n.

"angle subtended at the center of a circle by an arc equal in length to the radius," 1879, from radius.

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Medicine definitions for radian

radian

[ rādē-ən ]

n.

A unit of angular measure equal to the angle subtended at the center of a circle by an arc equal in length to the radius of the circle.

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Science definitions for radian

radian

[ rādē-ən ]

A supplementary unit of the International System used in angular measure. One radian is equal to the angle subtended at the center of a circle by an arc equal in length to the radius of the circle, approximately 57°17′44.6″.
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