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ˈtɛn sər, -sɔrten·sor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tensornoun

    a generalization of the concept of a vector

  2. tensornoun

    any of several muscles that cause an attached structure to become tense or firm


  1. tensornoun

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

  2. tensornoun

    the image of a tuple under a tensor product map

  3. tensornoun

    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

  4. tensornoun

    a matrix of matrices

  5. tensorverb

    To compute the tensor product of something with something else

  6. tensoradjective

    Of or relating to tensors


  1. Tensor

    In mathematics, a tensor is an algebraic object that describes a multilinear relationship between sets of algebraic objects related to a vector space. Tensors may map between different objects such as vectors, scalars, and even other tensors. There are many types of tensors, including scalars and vectors (which are the simplest tensors), dual vectors, multilinear maps between vector spaces, and even some operations such as the dot product. Tensors are defined independent of any basis, although they are often referred to by their components in a basis related to a particular coordinate system. Tensors have become important in physics because they provide a concise mathematical framework for formulating and solving physics problems in areas such as mechanics (stress, elasticity, fluid mechanics, moment of inertia, ...), electrodynamics (electromagnetic tensor, Maxwell tensor, permittivity, magnetic susceptibility, ...), general relativity (stress–energy tensor, curvature tensor, ...) and others. In applications, it is common to study situations in which a different tensor can occur at each point of an object; for example the stress within an object may vary from one location to another. This leads to the concept of a tensor field. In some areas, tensor fields are so ubiquitous that they are often simply called "tensors". Tullio Levi-Civita and Gregorio Ricci-Curbastro popularised tensors in 1900 – continuing the earlier work of Bernhard Riemann and Elwin Bruno Christoffel and others – as part of the absolute differential calculus. The concept enabled an alternative formulation of the intrinsic differential geometry of a manifold in the form of the Riemann curvature tensor.


  1. tensor

    A tensor is a mathematical object used in physics and engineering that is an extension of scalars, vectors, and matrices. It can be represented as an array of numbers arranged in a grid that can transform according to certain rules under a change of coordinates. Tensors can represent various physical quantities such as the curvature of space-time in general relativity or the strain of a material in mechanics.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tensornoun

    a muscle that stretches a part, or renders it tense

  2. Tensornoun

    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


  1. Tensor

    Tensors are geometric objects that describe linear relations between vectors, scalars, and other tensors. Elementary examples of such relations include the dot product, the cross product, and linear maps. Vectors and scalars themselves are also tensors. A tensor can be represented as a multi-dimensional array of numerical values. The order of a tensor is the dimensionality of the array needed to represent it, or equivalently, the number of indices needed to label a component of that array. For example, a linear map can be represented by a matrix, a 2-dimensional array, and therefore is a 2nd-order tensor. A vector can be represented as a 1-dimensional array and is a 1st-order tensor. Scalars are single numbers and are thus 0th-order tensors. Tensors are used to represent correspondences between sets of geometric vectors. For example, the stress tensor T takes a direction v as input and produces the stress T on the surface normal to this vector for output thus expressing a relationship between these two vectors, shown in the figure. Because they express a relationship between vectors, tensors themselves must be independent of a particular choice of coordinate system. Taking a coordinate basis or frame of reference and applying the tensor to it results in an organized multidimensional array representing the tensor in that basis, or like it looks from that frame of reference. The coordinate independence of a tensor then takes the form of a "covariant" transformation law that relates the array computed in one coordinate system to that computed in another one. This transformation law is considered to be built into the notion of a tensor in a geometric or physical setting, and the precise form of the transformation law determines the type of the tensor.


  1. Tensor

    a muscle which stretches a membrane.

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  1. nestor

  2. sterno

  3. strone

  4. stoner

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tensor in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tensor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

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