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tensor

[ten-ser, -sawr]
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noun
  1. Anatomy. a muscle that stretches or tightens some part of the body.
  2. 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

1695–1705; < New Latin: stretcher, equivalent to Latin tend(ere) to stretch (see tend1) + -tor -tor, with dt > s
Related formsten·so·ri·al [ten-sawr-ee-uh l, -sohr-] /tɛnˈsɔr i əl, -ˈsoʊr-/, adjective
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  • "I'm not so sure about that endocrine shift, sir," Tensor stated emotionlessly.

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    E. G. von Wald

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

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    E. G. von Wald

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

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    E. G. von Wald

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

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    E. G. von Wald

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

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    E. G. von Wald


British Dictionary definitions for tensor

tensor

noun
  1. anatomy any muscle that can cause a part to become firm or tense
  2. 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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Derived Formstensorial (tɛnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective

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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

tensor in Medicine

tensor

(tĕnsər, -sôr′)
n.
  1. A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.
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tensor in Science

tensor

[tĕnsər, -sôr′]
  1. 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.
  2. 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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