scalar (ˈskeɪlə) | |
—n | |
1. | vector tensor pseudoscalar Compare pseudovector a quantity, such as time or temperature, that has magnitude but not direction |
2. | maths an element of a field associated with a vector space |
—adj | |
3. | having magnitude but not direction |
[C17 (meaning: resembling a ladder): from Latin scālāris, from scāla ladder] |
scalar (skā'lər) Pronunciation Key
A quantity, such as mass, length, or speed, whose only property is magnitude; a number. Compare vector. |