Definition of Subtense

1. n. A line subtending, or stretching across; a chord; as, the subtense of an arc.



Definition of Subtense

1. Noun. (geometry) A line which subtends, ''especially'' the chord of an arc. ¹

2. Noun. (geometry) The angle subtended by a line at a point. ¹

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Definition of Subtense

1. a subtending line [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Subtense

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subtense (current term)
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Literary usage of Subtense

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1. The Life of John Locke: With Extracts from His Correspondence, Journals, and by Peter King King (1830)
"... as the square of the distance between the subtense and the first line is to the square of the short axis of the ellipsis. "Let AKBL be the ellipsis, ..."

2. The Life of John Locke: With Extracts from His Correspondence, Journals, and by Peter King King (1830)
"... as the square of the distance between the subtense and the first line is to the square of the short axis of the ellipsis. "Let AKBL be the ellipsis, ..."

3. Newton's Principia, First Book, Sections I., II., III.: With Notes and by Isaac Newton, Percival Frost (1878)
"The sagitta of an arc is ultimately one quarter of the subtense drawn at the extremity of the arc parallel to the sagitta. Let the sagitta FE bisect the arc ..."

4. Surveying and Levelling Instruments: Theoretically and Practically Described by William Ford Robinson Stanley (1901)
"Direct subtense Measurement of Distances, by an Instrument, depends upon our ... The Origin of the Invention of subtense Surveying is due to Wm. Green, ..."

5. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1891)
"Bar-subtense Survey* By Colonel HCB TANNER, Indian Staff Corps. THE system of survey which I am now about to explain was introduced by me some years back, ..."

6. A Treatise on Surveying by Reginald Empson Middleton, Osbert Chadwick, J. du T. Bogle (1911)
"In some telemetric telescopes, a means of adjusting the Adjustment of distance between the subtense-wires, and between them and the the subtense , . . , . ..."

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