scalene

[skey-leen]
adjective
1.
Geometry.
a.
(of a cone or the like) having the axis inclined to the base.
b.
(of a triangle) having three unequal sides.
2.
Anatomy. of or pertaining to a scalenus muscle.

Origin:
1635–45; < Late Latin scalēnus < Greek skalēnós unequal

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To scalene
Collins
World English Dictionary
scalene (ˈskeɪliːn)
 
adj
1.  maths (of a triangle) having all sides of unequal length
2.  anatomy of or relating to any of the scalenus muscles
 
[C17: from Late Latin scalēnus with unequal sides, from Greek skalēnos]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

scalene
"having unequal sides," 1684, from L.L. scalenus, from Gk. skalenos "uneven, unequal, rough," from skallein "chop, hoe," related to skelos "leg" (lit. "bending") and skolios "crooked," from PIE *(s)qel- "crooked, curved, bent, perverted."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
scalene   (skā'lēn')  Pronunciation Key 
Having three unequal sides, as a triangle that is neither equilateral nor isosceles.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Have the words equilateral, isosceles, and scalene written on labels placed on a mat on the floor.
Have the participants draw a scalene triangle and copy it several times to make congruent triangles.
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;