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incommensurable

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Impossible to measure or compare.
  • adjective Lacking a common quality on which to make a comparison.
  • adjective Having no common measure or number of which all the given lengths or measures are integral multiples.
  • adjective Having an irrational ratio.
  • noun One that is incommensurable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Not commensurable; having no common measure: thus, two quantities are incommensurable when no third quantity can be found that is an aliquot part of both; in arithmetic, having no common divisor except unity. See commensurable.
  • noun One of two or more quantities which have no common measure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not commensurable; having no common measure or standard of comparison
  • noun One of two or more quantities which have no common measure.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective mathematics That cannot be measured as an integer or fraction; irrational.
  • adjective Not able to be measured by the same standards as another term in the context; see measurement; contrast with unmeasurable or immeasurable, each of which means not able to be measured at all, the former more generally, the latter generally due to some infinite quality of the thing being described
  • noun An incommensurable value or quantity; an irrational number.

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

  • adjective impossible to measure or compare in value or size or excellence
  • adjective not having a common factor

Etymologies

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From mediaeval Latin incommensurabilis.

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