an angle formed by three or more planes intersecting in a common point or formed at the vertex of a cone.
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How to use solid angle in a sentence
If a solid angle be contained by three plane angles, any two of them are together greater than the third.
Three regular polygons of six or more sides cannot form a solid angle.
Hence it is possible to form a solid angle with three, four or five regular triangles or faces.
A similar difference exists between a solid angle and an n-edge or an n-flat.
There is no telling what the web and rivets would have borne had not the solid angle irons given way at the first bend.
British Dictionary definitions for solid angle
a geometric surface consisting of lines originating from a common point (the vertex) and passing through a closed curve or polygon: measured in steradians
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Scientific definitions for solid angle
A three-dimensional angle, formed by three or more planes intersecting at a common point. Its magnitude is measured in steradians, a unitless measure. The corner of a room forms a solid angle, as does the apex of a cone; one can imagine an indefinite number of planes forming the smooth round surface of the cone all intersecting at the apex. Solid angles are commonly used in photometry.
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