|golden section or golden mean|
|Compare golden ratio the proportion of the two divisions of a straight line or the two dimensions of a plane figure such that the smaller is to the larger as the larger is to the sum of the two. If the sides of a rectangle are in this proportion and a square is constructed internally on the shorter side, the rectangle that remains will also have sides in the same proportion|
|golden mean or golden mean|
|Main Entry:||golden section|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||See golden ratio|
|golden section (gōl'děn) Pronunciation Key
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The ratio between two numbers a and b chosen such that the ratio of a to b is equal to the ratio of a+b to a. Its value is approximately 1.618. shapes with proportions equal to the golden section are observed especially in the fine arts and in architecture, as between the two dimensions of a plane figure such as a rectangle. The ratio between consecutive numbers in a Fibonacci sequence approximates the golden section with increasing precision as the series progresses. Also called golden mean, golden ratio.
Paris-basedParis-based association of Cubist painters; the group was active from 1912 to about 1914.
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