- (of a cone or the like) having the axis inclined to the base.
- (of a triangle) having three unequal sides.
Origin of scalene
Examples from the Web for scalene
The general form is bounded by twelve scalene triangles and is a ditrigonal bipyramid.
Of triangles there are two kinds; one having the opposite sides equal (isosceles), the other with unequal sides (scalene).Timaeus|Plato
A scalene or scaly member has no one side which is equal to his own interest.
The dramatis persona in their relative positions first formed an isosceles triangle, then a scalene, afterwards a right line.The Ocean Waifs|Mayne Reid
But it is sometime rationall, and to be expressed by a number: yet but in a scalene triangle onely.The Way To Geometry|Peter Ramus
British Dictionary definitions for scalene
Word Origin for scalene
Word Origin and History for scalene
"having unequal sides," 1680s, from Late Latin scalenus, from Greek skalenos "uneven, unequal, odd (numbered)," as a noun, "triangle with unequal sides," from skallein "chop, hoe," from PIE *(s)kel- (1) "to cut" (see scale (n.1)).