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scalar field

noun, Mathematics, Physics.
a region with a number assigned at each point.
Compare vector field.
Origin of scalar field
1930-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you have a scalar field, you have a certain number defined at each point of space.
  • Dialing down the scalar field to zero everywhere would essentially flatten the universe.
  • It's called a scalar field in the jargon and that's precisely the kind of thing you might get from an extra dimension.
  • The first image shows the scalar field and the points that were picked.
  • The resulting adaptive mesh is composed of mixed cell-types and enforces continuity of the approximate scalar field.

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