Definition of Tensor

1. Noun. A generalization of the concept of a vector.

Generic synonyms: Variable, Variable Quantity

2. Noun. Any of several muscles that cause an attached structure to become tense or firm.
Generic synonyms: Muscle, Musculus
Specialized synonyms: Tensor Tympani
Derivative terms: Tense

Definition of Tensor

1. n. A muscle that stretches a part, or renders it tense.

Definition of Tensor

1. Noun. A muscle that stretches a part, or renders it tense. ¹

2. Noun. (algebra) the image of a tuple under a tensor product map ¹

3. Noun. (topology) a function of several variables which is a product of a number of functions of one variable, one for each variable, each of which is linear in that variable ¹

4. Noun. (physics) a matrix of matrices ¹

5. Adjective. Of or relating to tensors ¹

6. Verb. To compute the tensor product of something with something else ¹

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Definition of Tensor

1. a muscle that stretches a body part [n -S]

Medical Definition of Tensor

1. 1. A muscle that stretches a part, or renders it tense. 2. The ratio of one vector to another in length, no regard being had to the direction of the two vectors; so called because considered as a stretching factor in changing one vector into another. See Versor. Origin: NL. See Tension. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Tensor

tensor (current term)
tensor fascia lata
tensor fasciae latae
tensor muscle of fascia lata
tensor muscle of soft palate
tensor muscle of tympanic membrane
tensor tarsi muscle
tensor tympani
tensor veli palati muscle

Literary usage of Tensor

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Geometry of Riemannian Spaces by Elie Cartan (1983)
"V. tensor ANALYSIS 40. The calculation made (see No. 34) to determine the components of the absolute differential of a vector can be generalised to any ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"Externally, with the tensor palati and Superior constrictor and Eustachian tube ... The Circumflexus or tensor palati is a broad, thin, ribbon-like muscle, ..."

3. The Theory of General Relativity and Gravitation: Based on a Course of by Ludwik Silberstein (1922)
"Notice that although the proof of the tensor character of the rotation was ... The same is true of a tensor of rank three which can be deduced from (42). ..."

4. Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham (1921)
"OTIC GANGLION AND tensor VELI PALATINI. During the dissection of the submaxillary ... A twig which proceeds upwards and backwards to \ supply the tensor ..."

5. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"If the quaternion is expressed as a matrix, the tensor is the square root of the determinant of the matriz. Abbreviated T.— Right tensor. See right. ..."

6. C-O-R Generalized Functions, Current Algebras, and Control by Robert Hermann (1994)
"Extension of the multilinear algebraic operations from smooth to generalized tensor fields. The material presented in Section 4 does not require that the ..."

7. Electromagnetic Theory by Oliver Heaviside (1893)
"tensor and Components of a Vector. Unit Vectors of Reference. § 104. The tensor of a vector is its size, or magnitude apart from direction. ..."

8. The Theory of General Relativity and Gravitation: Based on a Course of by Ludwik Silberstein (1922)
"This symbol is itself a mixed tensor. We are now able to answer our two questions. First, the conjugate of the conjugate of the vector Ai is, ..."

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