saddle point

  1. a point at which a function of two variables has partial derivatives equal to zero but at which the function has neither a maximum nor a minimum value.

Origin of saddle point

First recorded in 1920–25

Words Nearby saddle point Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use saddle point in a sentence

  • We had rounded saddle point, a prominent headland, which shut off from us temporarily the violence of the gale.

    The Cruise of the Cachalot | Frank T. Bullen