[hahy-pot-n-oos, -yoos] /haɪˈpɒt nˌus, -ˌyus/

noun, Geometry.
the side of a right triangle opposite the right angle.
the side in a right-angled triangle that is opposite the right angle hyp

1570s, from Late Latin hypotenusa, from Greek hypoteinousa “stretching under” (the right angle), fem. present participle of hypoteinein, from hypo- “under” (see sub-) + teinein “to stretch” (see tenet). Formerly often erroneously hypothenuse.
The side of a right triangle opposite the right angle. It is the longest side, and the square of its length is equal to the sum of the squares of the lengths of the other two sides.
hypotenuse [(heye-pot-n-oohs, heye-pot-n-yoohs)]

In a right triangle (a triangle that has one right angle), the side opposite the right angle. (See Pythagorean theorem.)

The side of a right-angled triangle opposite the right angle.


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