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apothem

[ap-uh-them] /ˈæp əˌθɛm/
noun, Geometry
1.
a perpendicular from the center of a regular polygon to one of its sides.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < French apothème, probably on the model of Greek hypóthēma base; see apo-, theme
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Examples for apothem
  • When gm is final drop the silent g: apothem, diagram, flem.
  • The apothem can be used to determine the area of the polygon.
British Dictionary definitions for apothem

apothem

/ˈæpəˌθɛm/
noun
1.
the perpendicular line or distance from the centre of a regular polygon to any of its sides
Word Origin
C20: from apo- + Greek thema, from tithenai to place
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