- (of a cone or the like) having the axis inclined to the base.
- (of a triangle) having three unequal sides.
- Anatomy. of or relating to a scalenus muscle.
Origin of scalene
Examples from the Web for scalene
A scalene triangle abc might also be employed, or a tetrahedron.
The points we occupied respectively formed a scalene triangle.Gorillas & Chimpanzees
R. L. Garner
Here each face of the octahedron is replaced by six scalene triangles, so that altogether there are 575 forty-eight faces.
The general form is bounded by twelve scalene triangles and is a ditrigonal bipyramid.
But it is sometime rationall, and to be expressed by a number: yet but in a scalene triangle onely.The Way To Geometry
- maths (of a triangle) having all sides of unequal length
- anatomy of or relating to any of the scalenus muscles
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)).
- Having three unequal sides, as a triangle that is neither equilateral nor isosceles.