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right angle

the angle formed by two radii of a circle that are drawn to the extremities of an arc equal to one quarter of the circle; the angle formed by two perpendicular lines that intersect; an angle of 90°.
Origin of right angle
1350-1400; Middle English
Related forms
right-angled, adjective Unabridged
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  • The right colic flexure is situated in the upper and right angle of intersection of the subcostal and right lateral lines.
  • Intersection crash data indicates signalized intersections have a high number of right angle and head-on left turn crashes.
  • If the referee is in the right position with the right angle, he has a much better chance to make the right call.
  • Rotate it through a right angle, or a multiple of a right angle, and it is indistinguishable from its unrotated self.
  • When you get closer, you see that each horizontal section is made up of two pieces that converge in a right angle.
  • And talk about gentlemen: at the end of a song, they bowed deeply, almost to a right angle.
  • These may be observed at any time of day if you are oriented at the right angle so that the reflections can occur.
  • Start with two straight runs with a right angle turn in between them.
British Dictionary definitions for right angle

right angle

the angle between two radii of a circle that cut off on the circumference an arc equal in length to one quarter of the circumference; an angle of 90° or π/2 radians
at right angles, perpendicular or perpendicularly
adjective orthogonal
Derived Forms
right-angled, adjective
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right angle in Science
right angle
An angle having a measure of 90°.
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right angle in Culture

right angle definition

An angle measuring ninety degrees, formed by the intersection of two perpendicular lines. (Compare acute angle and obtuse angle.)

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