tensor [ ten-ser, -sawr ] SHOW IPA / ˈtɛn sər, -sɔr / PHONETIC RESPELLING EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . 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. Nearby words tension headache
tensor muscle of broad fascia
tensor muscle of soft palate
tensor muscle of tympanic membrane Origin of tensor 1695–1705;
stretcher, equivalent to
) to stretch (see
s Related forms ten·so·ri·al , [ten- sawr-ee- uh l, - sohr-] /tɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/ adjective
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His image smiled into
Tensor's mind and then hesitated as he saw the concern there. Tensor gazed helplessly at the fine mist sifting down from a hazy, violet sky.
It was a strikingly lovely shade of red—always
Tensor's favorite color. British Dictionary definitions for tensor noun 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 components, where r r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector Derived Forms tensorial ( tɛnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective Word Origin for tensor
C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher
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Medicine definitions for tensor n. A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.
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Science definitions for tensor 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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