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triangular

[trahy-ang-gyuh-ler]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to or having the form of a triangle; three-cornered.
  2. having a triangle as base or cross section: a triangular prism.
  3. comprising three parts or elements; triple.
  4. pertaining to or involving a group of three, as three persons, parties, or things.
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Origin of triangular

1535–45; < Latin triangulāris, equivalent to triangul(um) triangle + -āris -ar1
Related formstri·an·gu·lar·i·ty [trahy-ang-gyuh-lar-i-tee] /traɪˌæŋ gyəˈlær ɪ ti/, nountri·an·gu·lar·ly, adverbsub·tri·an·gu·lar, adjectivesub·tri·an·gu·lar·i·ty, noun
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  • The lapels were, of course, soft-rolled and joined the collar with a triangular notch.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Lay the slices one on the other, and cut in triangular shapes.

    The Skilful Cook

    Mary Harrison

  • Here is the famous "triangular bridge," a relic of the abbey.

  • Then we could find nothing by traveling toward the triangular cluster?

    Cogito, Ergo Sum

    John Foster West

  • You look over the whole town, which here appears in a triangular form.

    A Tour in Ireland

    Arthur Young


British Dictionary definitions for triangular

triangular

adjective
  1. Also: trigonal of, shaped like, or relating to a triangle; having three corners or sides
  2. of or involving three participants, pieces, or units
  3. maths having a base shaped like a triangle
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Derived Formstriangularity (traɪˌæŋɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ), nountriangularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for triangular

adj.

1540s, from Late Latin triangularis, from triangulum (see triangle).

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