tensorial

tensor

[ten-ser, -sawr]
noun
1.
Anatomy. a muscle that stretches or tightens some part of the body.
2.
Mathematics. a mathematical entity with components that change in a particular way in a transformation from one coordinate system to another.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Neo-Latin: stretcher, equivalent to Latin tend(ere) to stretch (see tend1) + -tor -tor, with dt > s

tensorial [ten-sawr-ee-uhl, -sohr-] , adjective
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tensor (ˈtɛnsə, -sɔː)
 
n
1.  anatomy any muscle that can cause a part to become firm or tense
2.  maths a set of components, functions of the coordinates of any point in space, that transform linearly between coordinate systems. For three-dimensional space there are 3r components, where r is the rank. A tensor of zero rank is a scalar, of rank one, a vector
 
[C18: from New Latin, literally: a stretcher]
 
tensorial
 
adj

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tensor
muscle that stretches a part, 1704, Mod.L., agent noun of L. tendere "to stretch" (see tenet).
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tensor ten·sor (těn'sər, -sôr')
n.
A muscle that stretches or tightens a body part.

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tensor   (těn'sər, -sôr')  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A structure of quantities arranged by zero or more indices, such as a scalar (zero indices), a vector (one index), or a matrix (two indices), which is invariant under transformations of coordinates.

  2. Any of various muscles that stretch or tighten a body part, as the muscle that acts to tense the soft palate, called the tensor palati.


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