Definitions

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  • n. A person who believes in or advocates Pythagoreanism.
  • adj. Of or relating to Pythagoras.
  • adj. Of or relating to Pythagoreanism.
  • adj. Of or relating to a Pythagorean, Pythagoreans.
  • adj. vegetarian

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Pythagoras (a Greek philosopher, born about 582 b. c.), or his philosophy.
  • n. A follower of Pythagoras; one of the school of philosophers founded by Pythagoras.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Pythagoras, a Greek philosopher (perhaps 532 b. c.), or the school founded at Crotona (modern Cotrone), in Italy.
  • n. A follower of Pythagoras, the founder of the Italic sect of philosophers.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to Pythagoras or his geometry

Etymologies

Pythagoras +‎ -an (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The formula X2 plus Y2 equals Z-, when graphed represents a perfect circle with a radius of Z, as described in what we call the Pythagorean Theorem," he said.

    Blue Adept

  • "Well," said Éloise, after a moment's wondering pause, in which she had taken time to reflect that Mrs. Arles's corner of the estate was carried on faultlessly, "it is too bad to vex you with my matters, when you have as much as you can do in the house, yourself," -- and relapsed into what she called her Pythagorean errors.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 79, May, 1864

  • First, anyone identified as a Pythagorean by an early source uncontaminated by the Neopythagorean glorification of Pythagoras (see below) can be regarded as a Pythagorean.

    Pythagoreanism

  • Souls, at this period, were being transmigrated in Pythagorean fashion.

    Introduction

  • It was often at this time referred to as the Pythagorean theory, and it had been taught, I believe, by Aristarchus.

    Pioneers of Science

  • So important was it thought to have "sound learning" guarded and "safe science" taught, that in many of the universities, as late as the end of the seventeenth century, professors were forced to take an oath not to hold the "Pythagorean" -- that is, the Copernican -- idea as to the movement of the heavenly bodies.

    A History of the warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom

  • Long before Alexander, the Babylonians had discovered how to use complex fractions, quadratic equations, and what would come to be known as the Pythagorean theorem.

    Alexander the Great

  • In Fragment 6a Philolaus goes on to describe this harmony and what he describes is a musical scale, the scale known as the Pythagorean diatonic, which was used later by Plato in the Timaeus in the construction of the world soul.

    Philolaus

  • Seventh Letter, if that is by Plato, and he is not called a Pythagorean there.

    Archytas

  • This scale is known as the Pythagorean diatonic and is the scale that Plato adopted in the construction of the world soul in the Timaeus

    Archytas

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