Definitions for orthogonality

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•thog•o•nalɔrˈθɒg ə nl(adj.)

  1. Math. pertaining to or involving right angles or perpendiculars.

    Category: Math

    Ref: Also, orthographic. 2

  2. Crystall. referable to a rectangular set of axes.

    Category: Crystallography

Origin of orthogonal:

1565–75; obs. orthogon(ium) right triangle


Princeton's WordNet

  1. orthogonality, perpendicularity, orthogonal opposition(noun)

    the relation of opposition between things at right angles

  2. orthogonality(noun)

    the quality of lying or intersecting at right angles


  1. orthogonality(Noun)

    the property of being orthogonal


  1. Orthogonality

    In mathematics, orthogonality is the relation of two lines at right angles to one another, and the generalization of this relation into n dimensions; and to a variety of mathematical relations thought of as describing non-overlapping, uncorrelated, or independent objects of some kind. The concept of orthogonality has been broadly generalized in mathematics, science, and engineering, especially since the beginning of the 16th century. Much of it has involved the concepts of mathematical functions, calculus, and linear algebra.


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