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cathetus

[kath-i-tuh s, kuh-thee-tuh s] /ˈkæθ ɪ təs, kəˈθi təs/
noun, plural catheti
[kath-i-tahy, kuh-thee-tahy] /ˈkæθ ɪˌtaɪ, kəˈθi taɪ/ (Show IPA)
1.
(in an Ionic capital) the vertical guideline through the eye of a volute, from which the form of the volute is determined.
Origin of cathetus
1565-1575
1565-75; < Latin (noun) < Greek káthetos perpendicular, equivalent to kathe- (see catheter) + -tos adj. suffix
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  • This will be the size of the eye, and in it draw a diameter on the line of the "cathetus."

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