American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To divide into triangles.
- v. To survey by triangulation.
- v. To make triangular.
- v. To measure by using trigonometry.
- adj. Of or relating to triangles; triangular.
- adj. Made up of or marked with triangles.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make three-cornered or triangular.
- In surveying, to divide into triangles; survey by dividing into triangles of which the sides and angles are measured.
- To determine or observe trigonometrically; study by means of triangulation: as, to triangulate the height of a mountain.
- In zoology, composed of or marked with triangles. A triangulate bar is generally formed of triangles with their bases together, so that the angles touch and sometimes coalesce; it is a form of ornamentation common on the wings of Lepidoptera.
- v. to locate by means of triangulation
- v. to pit two others against each other in order to achieve a desired outcome or to gain an advantage; to "play both ends against the middle"
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To divide into triangles; specifically, to survey by means of a series of triangles properly laid down and measured.
- v. To make triangular, or three-cornered.
- v. divide into triangles or give a triangular form to
- v. measure by using trigonometry
- v. survey by triangulation
- adj. composed of or marked with triangles
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