### What does **orthogonal** mean?

# Definitions for orthogonal

ɔrˈθɒg ə nlor·thog·o·nal

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### Princeton's WordNet

extraneous, immaterial, impertinent, orthogonaladjective

not pertinent to the matter under consideration

"an issue extraneous to the debate"; "the price was immaterial"; "mentioned several impertinent facts before finally coming to the point"

orthogonaladjective

statistically unrelated

orthogonal, rectangularadjective

having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles

"wind and sea may displace the ship's center of gravity along three orthogonal axes"; "a rectangular Cartesian coordinate system"

### Wiktionary

orthogonaladjective

Of two objects, at right angles; perpendicular to each other.

A chord and the radius that bisects it are orthogonal.

orthogonaladjective

Statistically independent, with reference to variates.

orthogonaladjective

Of two or more aspects of a problem, able to be treated separately.

The content of the message should be orthogonal to the means of its delivery.

orthogonaladjective

Of two or more problems or subjects, independent of or irrelevant to each other.

**Etymology:**From Medieval Latin orthogonalis, from orthogonius.

### Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Orthogonaladjective

Rectangular.

**Etymology:**orthogonel, Fr. from*orthogon.*

### ChatGPT

orthogonal

Orthogonal is a term used in various fields such as mathematics, physics, and computer science, generally denoting a sense of perpendicularity or right angles. In a broader sense, it refers to the concept of independence or non-correlation between objects, dimensions, or variables. The specific definition slightly varies depending on the context it is used in. For instance, in linear algebra, two vectors are said to be orthogonal if their dot product is zero, while in statistics, it can refer to the independence of variables in an experiment.

### The New Hacker's Dictionary

orthogonal

[from mathematics] Mutually independent; well separated; sometimes, irrelevant to. Used in a generalization of its mathematical meaning to describe sets of primitives or capabilities that, like a vector basis in geometry, span the entire ‘capability space’ of the system and are in some sense non-overlapping or mutually independent. For example, in architectures such as the PDP-11 or VAX where all or nearly all registers can be used interchangeably in any role with respect to any instruction, the register set is said to be orthogonal. Or, in logic, the set of operators not and or is orthogonal, but the set nand, or, and not is not (because any one of these can be expressed in terms of the others). Also used in comments on human discourse: “This may be orthogonal to the discussion, but....”

### Numerology

Chaldean Numerology

The numerical value of orthogonal in Chaldean Numerology is:

**8**Pythagorean Numerology

The numerical value of orthogonal in Pythagorean Numerology is:

**8**

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- ortogonalCatalan, Valencian
- vinkelret, ortogonalDanish
- senkrecht, orthogonal, rechtwinkligGerman
- ορθογώνιοςGreek
- ortogonalaEsperanto
- ortogonalSpanish
- suorakulmainen, ortogonaalinenFinnish
- orthogonal, indépendantFrench
- ingearach, ortagánachIrish
- ortogonálisHungarian
- ortogonaleItalian
- 直交Japanese
- orthogonalesLatin
- loodrecht, orthogonaal, orthogonaleDutch
- ortogonal, perpendicularPortuguese
- прямоуго́льный, ортогона́льныйRussian
- vinkelrät, rätvinklig, ortogonalSwedish
- trực giaoVietnamese

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