# Eigenvalue

[ahy-guh n-val-yoo] /ˈaɪ gənˌvæl yu/

**noun**, Mathematics.

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/ˈaɪɡənˌvæljuː/

**noun**

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(maths, physics) one of the particular values of a certain parameter for which a differential equation or matrix equation has an eigenfunction. In wave mechanics an eigenvalue is equivalent to the energy of a quantum state of a system

mathematics

The factor by which a linear transformation multiplies one of its eigenvectors.

(1995-04-10)

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