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Triangulation   /traɪˌæŋgjulˈeɪʃən/   Listen

A trigonometric method of determining the position of a fixed point from the angles to it from two fixed points a known distance apart; useful in navigation.
A method of surveying; the area is divided into triangles and the length of one side and its angles with the other two are measured, then the lengths of the other sides can be calculated.

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"Triangulation" Quotes from Famous Books

... your own, if you will only look patiently on them long enough. Nature is always applying her reagents to character, if you will take the pains to watch her. Our studies of character, to change the image, are very much like the surveyor's triangulation of a geographical province. We get a base-line in organization, always; then we get an angle by sighting some distant object to which the passions or aspirations of the subject of our observation are tending; then another;—and so we construct ...
— The Professor at the Breakfast Table • Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)

Words linked to "Triangulation" :   triangulate, trigonometry, surveying, trig

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