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[ahy-guh n-val-yoo] /ˈaɪ gənˌvæl yu/
noun, Mathematics
Origin of eigenvalue
1925-30; partial translation of German Eigenwert, equivalent to eigen- characteristic, particular + Wert value Unabridged
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Examples from the web for eigenvalue
  • For temporally evolving flows, the eigenvalue is the complex frequency and the problem becomes linear in the eigenvalue.
  • My research interests include the numerical solution of large-scale eigenvalue problems and differential equations.
  • These transformations are needed for the calculation of the eigenvectors during the eigenvalue refinement.
British Dictionary definitions for eigenvalue


(maths, physics) one of the particular values of a certain parameter for which a differential equation or matrix equation has an eigenfunction. In wave mechanics an eigenvalue is equivalent to the energy of a quantum state of a system
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eigenvalue in Technology

The factor by which a linear transformation multiplies one of its eigenvectors.

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