subtend

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Subtend \Sub*tend"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Subtended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Subtending}.] [L. subtendere; sub under + tendere to stretch, extend. See {Tend}.] To extend under, or be opposed to; as, the line of a triangle which subtends the right angle; the chord subtends an arc.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

subtend

verb

1: be opposite to; of angles and sides, in geometry [syn: {subtend}, {delimit}]


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