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# tensor

[ ten-ser, -sawr ]

/ ˈtɛn sər, -sɔr /

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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.

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## Origin of tensor

## OTHER WORDS FROM tensor

ten·so·ri·al [ten-sawr-ee-uhl, -sohr-], /tɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/, adjective## Words nearby tensor

tensiometer, tension, tensity, tensive, tenson, tensor, tensor analysis, Tensor bandage, ten-speed, ten's place, ten-spot

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## British Dictionary definitions for tensor

tensor

/ (ˈtɛnsə, -sɔː) /

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 r components, where r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector

## Derived forms of tensor

tensorial (tɛnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective## Word Origin for tensor

C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher

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## Scientific definitions for tensor

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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