euclidean

[ yoo-klid-ee-uhn ]

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Origin + Etymology

1650–60;
Greek;"of or pertaining to Euclid" (Greek Eukleides), circa 300 B.C.E. geometer of Alexandria. Now often used in contrast to alternative models based on the rejection of some of his axioms, most often the Fifth Postulate. His name in Greek means "renowned, glorious," from eu "well" + kleos "fame."

Synonyms

- geometry

- non-euclidean

of or relating to the system of geometry based on the work of Euclid and corresponding to the geometry of ordinary experience

A) The topic of her class was Euclidean geometry, which she greatly despised despite its real-world uses. B) Euclidean geometry states that any two points can be joined by a straight line.

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