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.

Nearby words

  1. tension headache,
  2. tension suture,
  3. tensity,
  4. tensive,
  5. tenson,
  6. tensor analysis,
  7. tensor bandage,
  8. tensor muscle of broad fascia,
  9. tensor muscle of soft palate,
  10. tensor muscle of tympanic membrane

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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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 Formstensorial (tɛnˈsɔːrɪəl), adjective

Word Origin for tensor

C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher

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Word Origin and History for tensor

tensor

n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for tensor

tensor

[ tĕnsər, -sôr′ ]

n.

A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.

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Science definitions for tensor

tensor

[ tĕnsər, -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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