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Definitions

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

• adjective Relating to or composed of right angles.
• adjective Of or relating to a matrix whose transpose equals its inverse.
• adjective Of or relating to a linear transformation that preserves the length of vectors.
• adjective Very different or unrelated; sharply divergent.

from The Century Dictionary.

• Pertaining to or depending upon the use of right angles.
• Right-angled.

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

• adjective geometry Of two objects, at right angles; perpendicular to each other.
• adjective statistics Statistically independent, with reference to variates.
• adjective software engineering Of two or more aspects of a problem, able to be treated separately.
• adjective Of two or more problems or subjects, independent of or irrelevant to each other.

• adjective having a set of mutually perpendicular axes; meeting at right angles
• adjective not pertinent to the matter under consideration

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Greek orthogōnios : ortho-, ortho- + gōniā, angle; see genu- in Indo-European roots.]

From Medieval Latin orthogonalis, from Latin orthogonius ("right-angled").

Examples

• Matthew C, the reason they are supposed to be orthogonal is because g is the correlation among all the tests.

• I have never been described as orthogonal - and yet it is such a good descriptor for how I see the world

strange beasts with flat tyres Bill Kerr 2006

• These are the so-called orthogonal transformations.

SYMMETRY AND ASYMMETRY SALOMON BOCHNER 1968

• But birds were believed to support, as well as to raise, themselves in the air chiefly by what in the jargon of science is called orthogonal flight, that is, by direct downward flapping of the wings.

The War in the Air; Vol. 1 The Part played in the Great War by the Royal Air Force Walter Alexander Raleigh 1891

• Most emerging wireless technologies use a technique called orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) to increase data transmission rates.

• You use the phrase "orthogonal" and then accuse me of being "self-important?"

• Maybe they could be decomposed into some kind of orthogonal set, but the fact that the landscape keeps changing in time suggests certainly on the scale of a microorganism that the transition from one dimension to another is extremely easy.

• As someone who loves anagrams I just had to point out that the word "orthogonal" divides into "Orthon" and "gal".

Posthuman Blues Mac 2007

• So it's really kind of orthogonal for us to some extent move up partner with PMCCL [ph] and kind of the EPON and 10G-EPON space really more around our Access business because Verizon using GPON, so we basically partner with BroadLight so the GPON business in Verizon and then partner more with PMCCL for the EPON and 10G-EPON.

• So it's really kind of orthogonal for us to some extent move up partner with PMCCL [ph] and kind of the EPON and 10G-EPON space really more around our Access business because Verizon using GPON, so we basically partner with BroadLight so the GPON business in Verizon and then partner more with PMCCL for the EPON and 10G-EPON.