Hypotenuse [Noun.]


In geometry, the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.

“About binomial theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.”
– Gilbert and Sullivan, The Pirates of Penzance (1879)

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‘Though a state of affairs that would contravene the laws of physics can be represented by us spatially, one that would contravene the laws of geometry cannot.’

– Wittgenstein. L. 1922. Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus New York, United States: Cosimo (2009) p. 36