Definitions for tangramˈtæŋ grəm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tan•gramˈtæŋ grəm(n.)

  1. a Chinese puzzle consisting of a square cut into five triangles, a square, and a rhomboid, which can be combined so as to form a great variety of other figures.

Origin of tangram:

1860–65; tang-, perh. < Chin TángT'ang , i.e., Chinese + -gram1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tangram(noun)

    a Chinese puzzle consisting of a square divided into seven pieces that must be arranged to match particular designs

Wiktionary

  1. tangram(Noun)

    A Chinese puzzle made of a square that is cut up into different triangular pieces which can then be reassembled to make designs.

  2. Origin: Chinese: 七巧板; pinyin: qī qiǎo bǎn; literally "seven boards of skill".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tangram(noun)

    a Chinese toy made by cutting a square of thin wood, or other suitable material, into seven pieces, as shown in the cut, these pieces being capable of combination in various ways, so as to form a great number of different figures. It is now often used in primary schools as a means of instruction

Freebase

  1. Tangram

    The tangram is a dissection puzzle consisting of seven flat shapes, called tans, which are put together to form shapes. The objective of the puzzle is to form a specific shape using all seven pieces, which may not overlap. It was originally invented in China during the Song Dynasty, and then carried over to Europe by trading ships in the early 19th century. It became very popular in Europe for a time then, and then again during World War I. It is one of the most popular dissection puzzles in the world. In China, the game was used to evaluate a person's intelligence, along with the ancient game jiulianhuan or nine linked rings. The game has been called "the earliest psychological test in the world," albeit one made for entertainment rather than analysis. The puzzle can be solved through different methods, and thus could be used to assess a person's flexibility and creativity of thinking.

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