tetrahedron

[te-truh-hee-druhn]
noun, plural tetrahedrons, tetrahedra [te-truh-hee-druh] .
1.
Geometry. a solid contained by four plane faces; a triangular pyramid.
2.
any of various objects resembling a tetrahedron in the distribution of its faces or apexes.

Origin:
1560–70; tetra- + -hedron, modeled on Late Greek tetráedron, noun use of neuter of tetráedros four-sided

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tetrahedron (ˌtɛtrəˈhiːdrən)
 
n , pl -drons, -dra
1.  See also polyhedron a solid figure having four plane faces. A regular tetrahedron has faces that are equilateral triangles
2.  any object shaped like a tetrahedron
 
[C16: from New Latin, from Late Greek tetraedron; see tetra-, -hedron]
 
tetra'hedral
 
adj
 
tetra'hedrally
 
adv

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tetrahedron
solid figure contained by four triangular surfaces, 1570, from Late Gk. tetraedron, originally neuter of tetraedros (adj.) "four-sided," from tetra- "four" + hedra "seat, base, chair, face of a geometric solid," from PIE base *sed- "to sit" (see sedentary).
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tetrahedron   (tět'rə-hē'drən)  Pronunciation Key 
Plural tetrahedrons or tetrahedra
A polyhedron having four faces.
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To see the major dimensions of this problem, imagine a tetrahedron, a pyramid with a triangular base and three triangular sides.
More specifically a silica tetrahedron makes up their internal structure.
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