# tensor

[ten-ser, -sawr]

- Anatomy. a muscle that stretches or tightens some part of the body.
- Mathematics. a mathematical entity with components that change in a particular way in a transformation from one coordinate system to another.

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## Origin of tensor^{}

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#### "I'm not so sure about that endocrine shift, sir," Tensor stated emotionlessly.

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#### His image smiled into Tensor's mind and then hesitated as he saw the concern there.

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#### Tensor said, puzzled that she knew that he might be concerned over her absence.

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#### Quickly Tensor moved up parallel to it, while he speculated on what it meant.

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#### Tensor could only assume that his point of view was becoming less abstract.

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## tensor

- anatomy any muscle that can cause a part to become firm or tense
- maths a set of components, functions of the coordinates of any point in space, that transform linearly between coordinate systems. For three-dimensional space there are 3 r components, where r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector

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## Word Origin

C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher

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## Word Origin and History for tensor

### n.

muscle that stretches a part, 1704, Modern Latin agent noun of Latin tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).

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## tensor

(tĕn′sər, -sôr′)- A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.

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## tensor

[tĕn′sər, -sôr′]

- A structure of quantities arranged by zero or more indices, such as a scalar (zero indices), a vector (one index), or a matrix (two indices), which is invariant under transformations of coordinates.
- Any of various muscles that stretch or tighten a body part, as the muscle that acts to tense the soft palate, called the tensor palati.

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